Gardening Zone: 7a
August High Temperature: 82 degrees F
August Low Temperature: 39 degrees F
Precipitation: 9.08 inches
We had a litte rain in October, but Superstorm Sandy dropped about six inches of rain in just a few days. We were very lucky to have had minimal damage from the storm. I hope all of you are safe and did not suffer much damage. My thoughts are with those that have lost so much because of this storm.
This was my last sighting of a hummingbird about a week or so ago. They have probably migrated south by now.
And this must have been the last Monarch to visit the garden because I have not seen any since.
One day this week I walked into the garden and heard this loud rustling of leaves. It took me a while to locate the direction of the sound, but I noticed a squirrel hurriedly and with great determination building a nest in the crook of this tree. It would scamper up the tree, grab a small branch of leaves, and run back down to noisily knit it into the nest.
The pollinators are still at it. These two carpenter bees seemed to be happy to share this purple basil plant.
Superstorm Sandy has blown all the webs away, but there were lots of them in the garden in October.
This grasshopper was eating some basil before he hopped to these lemon grass leaves.
A few butterflies are still around, such as this skipper.
what's blooming, sprouting
|Moonflower - Ipomoea alba|
|Chrysanthemum - Red Regal Mist|
The leaves are falling and adorning the ground with color.
I let some of my basil plants go to seed, and the result are these beautiful and long seedheads.
I pulled out all of the pepper and tomato plants and harvested the tomatoes and peppers. The tomatoes will ripen in the basement.
Here is a basket of them a few weeks later, about 3/4 of what you see above. I blanched the tomatoes to peel them and then froze them for sauces and soups this winter.
As I was removing one of the tomato plants, I found this tomato hornworm.
|Tomato hornworm infested with braconid wasps|
The long yard beans are still producing as we have not had a frost yet.
|Asparagus Long Yard Beans|
Swiss chard is a staple in my garden. It lasts practically all year long and is versatile enough to use in soups and salads.
|Swiss Chard - Bright Lights|
harvested herbs for drying and freezing
cleaned and stored front fountain
removed remaining tomatoes and peppers
cleared away remaining annuals in planters
chores for November
clear away mandevilla, cypress vine, moonflower vine
clear away annual herbs
clear away green bean plants
This is my Thanksgiving cactus that is just now beginning to set buds.
This year, I decided to create a calendar of photographs from the garden. Most of the photographs are from my garden, and I tried to select ones that were appropriate for the season. I have entered a discount for the calendar for those reading this. It will be in effect for a short time and is automatic by going to the site. I hope you will enjoy it.
2013 Garden Photography Calendar
I am joining in the following:
Helen of The Patient Gardener hosts End of Month View. This monthly meme is where garden bloggers share their garden views for the end of the month.
A charitable project...My photography and a poem are included in the book How We See It...more views of our worlds, a book for charity. This is a book compiled by an artist/photographer friend of mine that includes many photographs and writings by women. Approximately 75 female photographers and writers have donated their work for this project. All of the proceeds from this book go to the charity, NOW Love Your Body Foundation. Many girls and women suffer from body image issues all over the wold, sometimes suffering great illness or death. This book makes a great gift and supports a worthy cause. The book is available in:
10 x 8 hardcover, softcover
13 x 11 coffee table hardcover
Below is a preview of the book:
© copyright 2012 Michelle A. Potter