Thursday, September 10, 2009
Zinnia and Coreopsis
While many of us are changing our gardens into its fall dress, there are still some flowers that continue to give their luscious color and richness. In Rebecca's garden, two such flowers, these zinnia and coreopsis, are still blooming like crazy. They reside among the newly planted spinach, lettuce, carrots, broccoli, turnips and collards plants - their bright petals contrasting with the new green of fresh seedlings. Rebecca's chickens love to dash around the vegetable garden, pecking at the new plants, and it'll be a contest to see whether the veggies can grow large enough before the chickens get to them!
Today it's a final spit and polish to the gardens, hand weeding, and setting out our larger displays. The count-down to Open House has begun ... we're almost ready.
Outdoors, the evening light is growing shorter ... and by the time I leave the office, the sun has already set. Mornings find me at my desk while it's still dark, and the morning dew is pretty heavy. It's time for me to break out the sweatshirts -- at least for the mornings and evenings. I'm sure we'll have a warming spell and it will be 'hot!!!!' once last time. Still, it's time for me to consider exchanging my short-sleeved shirts for heavier clothing -- and keeping a few lighter garments for those afternoons that reach 90F.
Before we know it, there'll be woodsmoke on the air and halloween candy in the cookie jars. HO HO HO! LOL