It’s the FINAL Saturday in October! What a blink this month was, with a transition from the heat of summer at the first of the month to definite autumnal cool temperatures with frost from mid-month to these final days. Here’s my “Six”, and I hope you will visit The Propagator to see everyone else’s picks. 1) Mum “Sheffield Hills” is my favorite, adding lots of color outdoors and in bouquets for indoors. It’s a soft apricot-pink with loads of 2″ daisies. Extremely hardy and easy to grow. It blooms now, when all the annuals are browned by frost, so it’s especially appreciated. 2) Frost brings an end to the annuals, but also for the most part, an end to the insects that have plagued the potager this summer. Finally, there are roses without Japanese beetles. And, 3) solid kale leaves growing without dozens of lacy holes. Exciting things have happened while I was away painting. 4) The blackberry cuttings I took to finish the row have all rooted in the former potato pots. If I get a nice day, I’ll plant them out yet this fall. The Folk School served a delicious Blackberry French Toast casserole that I hope to duplicate! 5) Yesterday’s rain brought up the recently planted garlic, so the 2019 harvest is off to a great start! And lastly, the bulb order arrived while I was away, so I’ve been digging the dahlias from the potager’s interior border and planting a variety of bulbs in their space. Doesn’t look like much now, but just wait until next Spring!
So, that’s my “Six” for the end of October. It’s going to be harder to come up with interesting items in the coming months, as the gardening season winds down and out, but I’m sure everyone will do their best to be innovative. And, thankfully, there are folks who are just coming into spring gardens on the other side of the world to keep our spirits up!