The pampas grass looks so pretty with its tassels on, but it’s one of many sure signs that autumn is here. Leaves are starting to fall from some trees. After a while our forests will light up with beautiful red and orange colors and the mountain sides will be tapestries of color. The robins are long gone, and in a while the little snow birds will come here, slate colored juncos. Carolina wrens that used to stay here year round had disappeared for a while, but a pair of them are back now. Our bright colored birds, cardinals and blue jays, stay here year round and they and others know there will be food for them that we put out in our yards.
Fall is a sad time for gardeners, since it means things will soon be done for the year. Some things are still producing, like Hopi Lima beans, grown by Native Americans in the south west for generations. They are heavy producers and sturdy plants that don’t have many bugs or diseases that harm them. I’ve picked a lot so far, and am freezing them for winter. Here’s a nice basket of them from today, and there might be a couple more pickings like this.
I grow purple jalapeños for my daughter in law, and most of them are now ripe and bright red. She likes to eat them when they’re red cos they’re hotter.
I have been eating some wonderful sweet peppers and they look so pretty on the plants.
There are some summer squash still trying, tho the plants have a lot of powdery mildew by now. I just picked 2 of these yesterday.
I’ve been gathering some green bean pods that I left dry on the plants for seeds. Hopis too, and then I cure the dried seeds in glass containers on a kitchen window sill just to be sure they’re completely dry.
The grass hoppers are big and so are the crickets. Some crickets have been singing their song as I was taking down tomato plants. After a while their songs will be done. Acorns are falling from the big oak trees at the side of the house. Just as I have been freezing Limas and tomatoes to stow away for winter, every day there are squirrels and chipmunks out back hunting the acorns from those trees. The squirrels run up the trees but the chipmunks are not climbers, so they have to find theirs on the ground. My neighbor has a huge black walnut tree and walnuts are laying around the base, and the squirrels gather and hide them them too. Chipmunks’ teeth aren’t big enough to get thru those strong shells.
Fall is sad to me, but it’s the natural turn of the earth’s wheel as the good earth gets ready to rest. And on we go. We grow older and look forward to more seasons to come. We are thankful for peaceful lives, family and friends, gardens, and the ability to have some good things from the blessings of the earth stored away for winter.
Sir Albert continues to guard his garden, hoping I remembered where I put his hat for winter. Even a sad time in the garden includes some fun. 🙂