September has arrived. This is what the North garden looks like today. This morning, I pulled out the string bean plants and composted a few of the Early Annie tomato plants that were against the fence. The tomatoes were starting to ripen, but the plant themselves were dried up. I picked the tomatoes and will ripen them indoors. All that is left now are marigolds, a large yellow sunflower, Ruby Eclipse sunflowers, a potted dahlia, and Tiger Eye beans.
Big sunflower on the south side of the house.
Black Krim tomatoes
Bonny Best tomatoes
Some bees enjoying the "South-Side Sunflower".
Bea joined me as I did my rounds outside.
Raised beds along the north side of the driveway. The Galeux D'Eysines squash (I recently discovered that some people call these, 'Peanut Pumpkins') are starting to develop their warts in earnest.
Heritage Mix heirloom dry beans
Gelber Englischer Custard squash
It is the season of the Annoying Swarming Black Flies. I have always referred to them as gnats (usually through a clenched jaw and scowl, trying to spit them out from between my teeth) but read online recently that they are aphids. (Adult aphids?) Whatever they are, the air is filled with clouds of them for several weeks at this time of year, and they stick to everything - flowers, leaves, vegetables, our hair, clothes, the car...you get the idea. I hope the mild weather we have been having continues (I don't think it has been cooler than 7 above overnight so far) but I will not miss these bugs once the heavy frosts hit.
Cattle beans, Meteor zinnias, and 3 not-exceptionally-productive cucumber plants.
Pink Berkeley Tie-Dye tomatoes
The potato patch looks raggedy this year. It is full of grass and weeds (they were not all removed when the patch was tilled in the Spring. If you want something done right, do it yourself...), the potato plants are small, and the Speckled Algonquin (dry/bush) beans are stunted. The cherry tomatoes and Meteor zinnias on the side are doing well, though. I am curious to see how the potatoes fared when we dig them up later this month.
Ajvarski peppers. These are sweet frying peppers that are supposed to be red.
Bea, supervising as I go to fill a watering can from the rain barrel.
Happy. Look at those whiskers. :)
Our apples are ripening nicely. I can smell the apple crisp already.
Purple Cherokee tomatoes
A bit of rosemary