Even though the garden is winding down, we still have a bunch of tomatoes ripening daily. The vines are looking a bit ragged, with some dead leaves and branches, and I need to clean them up a bit. But the tomatoes themselves don’t seem to mind.
I still have several more clusters of grape tomatoes, ripening slowly. These are so sweet, and will turn fully red indoors, so I pluck them at this orange stage so the critters won’t eat them first.
Looking out the kitchen window as I made a cup of coffee this week, the deer were visiting. Three females came to partake of the acorn bounty, and munch on my hostas a bit.
They didn’t bolt when I carefully and slowly eased my way onto the veranda to get a better photo than the one through the sliding glass door.
This one stood still long enough to zoom the lens for a closeup view. She is young, still losing the rusty color fur and replacing it with the adult grey color.
Oliver continues to come by regularly too, even though there is an abundance of food for him to eat and store.
This strange looking critter is a Saddleback caterpillar (Acharia stimulea). It took me quite a while to find that by doing web searches! They mature into a brown and off white moth. If you see one of these, don’t touch it (not that you’d want to!), the hairs have an irritant to the skin.
A few days ago, a young black bear mother brought her two cubs by. They were so cute, rolling around in the mowed grass getting straws and clippings all over their fur.
When they started for the bird feeder, I stepped to the veranda to discourage them from going after it. They ran to the other side of the driveway and paused to look back. One of the little ones looked a bit indignant as he stood up on his hind legs!
The other cub with mom paused a moment, then went back into the forest.
Later, two male deer came by for their share of acorns.
They ran off quickly that morning, but were back the next day. Some noise down the mountain caught their attention, so they didn’t hear me slip out the door to get a better photo.
I made a soft whistling noise, and both heads swiveled around to me. I noticed then that one of the deer has had one of his antlers broken off. The one on the left in the photo below and above, and on the right in the picture above that. He must be a scrappy little thing, trying to make his mark young.
On the veranda, the toad lily has come into almost full bloom.
Long cascades of spotted purple flowers are just stunning.
All three plants are covered in them, and more are on the way.
In the front flowerbed, the phlox is still blooming. Crazy thing, it should be done by now.
The hydrangea has mostly a muddy pink flower, but a few of these lovely lavendar ones are in bloom now. Unfortunately, the plant has a black leaf spot fungal infection, so I may have to dig it up. The unusually wet August and early September has created the ideal conditions, warm and humid, for this to be a problem. I’ll need to severely cut it back, discarding all the foliage and use an anti-fungal in the soil. Even then it might not survive, but it is worth a try. I’ll wait for it to go dormant before doing the pruning. I may not get any flowers next year, but if I can save the plant it will be worth it.
Along about now I am ready for the garden to be done for the year. I’ve cleaned out my collection of pots and donated two boxes of stuff to the thrift store. I gave away about a hundred seed pots to a lady requesting them on Freecycle. My Sweet Babboo has cleaned out the garage and put up shelving so we can both organize better. But it is still too warm to do much outside. The nice cool snap we had during the fair is history. I’ll be glad when it cools off for good, I am ready to wear sweaters, have a fire in the fireplace, and make comfort food meals.
Hows your garden going?
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