Only one week of October is left, and we’ve yet to have a frost! Highly unusual, but I’m not complaining at all. The days have been sunny and reasonably warm, with chilly evenings down in the mid 40’s to 50’s. The leaves are just beginning to change and plants that like it cool are very, very happy! The calendulas that languished during the upper 90 degree days of summer are suddenly rejuvenated and bursting with color.
The color of the dahlias intensifies in cooler temperatures. It’s a good thing we haven’t had frost, because a couple of the dahlias have yet to even bloom! Laggards! But, I’m picking bouquets of dahlias and celosia.
This week, the pale apricot “Sheffield Hills” mum began opening their daisy blooms. They look great with the dahlias and celosia, with bright accents of intense “Blue Bedder” salvia.
The roses are showing their stuff as well. Some of them have been in continual bloom all summer, but right now all of them are filled with buds and flowers. What an autumn treat! And it’s not just the flowers that are enjoying cooler weather.
The snow peas are climbing the trellis and loaded with bloom and pods that are ready to harvest. With all the peppers needing picked, there definitely lots of stir-fry in our future.
Joining the peppers & snow peas in the stir fry will be baby pak choy, which is difficult to see in the photo, but it’s there amid the radishes. Wilted lettuce is one of our favorite salads, and we can add it to the menu immediately.
So that’s six things (besides myself!) that are enjoying the cooler weather. If you’d like to see what other gardeners find interesting on a Saturday, visit The Propagator, host of this meme.