It’s almost Fall, at least based on the calendar. However, anyone that does anything outside knows that the light changed to a fall light in August, just as it changes to a spring light in March in this area of the world.
It was the perfect day to do some clean up in the garden.
I love clearing out the plants that are finished for the year, knowing that in doing so I have less work next spring, and I am leaving a clean and open pallet for spring’s beauty.
Today Del is planting winter rye in the half of the garden that housed the corn. That involved getting the compost out of the compost bin that has been composting this past year so he can till it into the ground along with other goodies.
However, when I went to collect the compost for him I discovered a family of mice in the bin.
We collected all the babies and put them in a little box on the grass with the hopes that the mommy mouse (who ran from us) will come back and care for them.
Although there are many flowers out of bloom, some are glorious this time of year, including the Clematis that Lara gave us. Poor plant, we transplanted it twice (because of redoing things around it) so it took a few years to really take off.
It is planted on the basement level, and growing up and spilling out on the deck above.
Other garden blooming goodies are mums, day lilies (they keep re-blooming), sweet potato vines marigolds with a habanero pepper tucked inside, and a butternut squash. The latest watermelon we harvested was delicious; I think I am getting the idea of when to harvest them!
The leaves are just starting to change, a promise of the beauty to come!
Fall, a glorious time of the year!