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Garden Review – September 4-10

September 11, 2011

Today we went tree shopping.  Believe it or not it’s actually my first go at this kind of shopping. 

It only took two stops which I thought was pretty easy…I’m sure Tyler thought it was a bit brutal.  But we got super lucky and got exactly what I wanted for 30% off.  Can’t wait to plant sometime this week after tomorrow’s 90+ degree day.

new fruit trees

As we road-tripped to our greenhouse destinations, I couldn’t help but stare out the window at all the amazing grasses whipping their feathers through the air.  This really is such a pretty time of year.

Karl Forester grass

And on to this past week’s update of the garden.

Week of September 4-10

If only the weather could be this beautiful year round….I suppose it would get rather boring though.  I guess I do kind of like the excitement of severe weather and the transitions of season to season.

It seems slow out in the kitchen garden, which was a relief since I was hardly home last week.  I really haven’t had to do much work – no weeding needed and the tomatoes are producing slow enough it’s been easy to keep well picked (even the cherries). 

Harvest

  • Another bowl of cherry tomatoes and I used them to make this recipe again
  • Heirloom tomatoes – now just producing small-sized globes which usually happens in my garden towards the end of the growing season
  • Small cutting of fall crop of lettuce & arugula
  • Yellow and red bell peppers
  • Herbs – basil, oregano, parsley

With the veggie garden still going but relatively unchanged for the past couple weeks, here’s a few shots of stuff in my small perennial and foundation planting areas.

This combo of ‘Knockout’ roses and ‘Blackberry Lace’ elderberry always looks striking.

knockout rose and blackberry lace

‘Julia Child’ has yet another flush for the year.  She comes out in such a rich, Hawkeye-gold color.  Oh Hawkeyes I still love you even after  this weekend. 😉

julia child bud

 And as she opens completely, her petals fade to the color of real butter. 

julia child bloom

My Salvia has been a good bloomer this year, but hasn’t spread out as much as usual. 

purple salvia

Still gardening or have you put everything to rest for this year?

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