The garden isÂ still going strong as we head towards Autumn. We are still harvesting tomatoes, zucchini and herbs while the blackberries and grapes ripen. Some plants, such as the garlic chives are just blossoming and there are new blossoms on our red raspberries. These days we glean the last golden moments of dining under the arbour and gather seeds for another planting come Spring.
Once the harvest is over I will be moving the herb bed to another location (hopefully with a knot layout)Â and preparing the currentÂ areaÂ for a new dining/entertaining spotÂ under a small gazebo and new taller planting beds for easier access along theÂ sunnier west side. WeÂ plan also to replace the bark paths with red sandstone. I amÂ trying to save a spotÂ for a cut-flower garden as well. So it’s a massive overhaul to add to our list ofÂ to-dos. Rick is taking a welding class that should come in handy when it’s time to make the gazebo. (I’m getting away with taking an oil and watercolor painting class- lucky me!)
Here is a little pictorial tour…
Under the arbour is a lovely for place for sitting with a glass of wine or dining with friends
The zucchini plants that take over the earth 🙂 The red sandstone beds will be recycled into pathways
Ripening Blackberries amongst the violet leaves
AÂ bowl of Blackberries- what should I make now?
Blossoming Garlic Chives
Merlot grapes are ripe over the arbour
Close up of Merlots on the trellis – a little behind the ones on the arbour as far as ripening goes.
A “Johann Straus” rosebud
“Johann Strauss Floribunda Rose in bloom”
The never ending zucchinis 🙂
Lovely jewels of tomatoes- BLT anyone?
St. Francis watches peacefully over the flower garden
Did I mention that we just tore out our master bathroom to remodel it? We are committed nowÂ – or maybe we should be! Â hahaÂ 🙂
Scary isn’t it? The pink thing is half of theÂ remains of the cast iron tub that had to be broken out with a sledgehammer and the lathe and plaster has now come out too.
This was the world’s ugliest bathroom- we can’t wait to make it pretty 🙂
Out of the hole where the window used to be and to a muchÂ lovelier view right now-theÂ grape arbour.Â
Well that’s how things are around our snug little house and garden for now. Wishing you a lovely Autumn.
Autumn has come too fast she said
Her great green crown turning softly red
As slowly sets the Summer sun
My days of rest are now begun
I sadly watch the birds take wing
Who cradled in my arms last Spring
Now I turn to Winter’s sleep
MyÂ Season ofÂ solitudeÂ to keep
When once more the world turns round
My roots will stir within the ground
I’ll embrace with stretching limbs
The tiny ones whose songsÂ seem hymns
They weave their ribbons in my hair
Â Sheltered nests highÂ in the air
WeÂ liveÂ withÂ joyÂ while days are long
Every morning rich with song
But far too soon there comes the call
When each Summer turns to Fall”