Thursday, October 19, 2017

Midwest Gardening in October

I've already belabored the woes of our crazy Midwest weather this year, it's been crazy all over the country though. Bits of beauty survive in our yard despite no Fall color to speak of and everything
on the tail end of dead.

Here in Chicagoland, despite the heat and drought of August and September, the Zinnias were extremely vigorous. Not too many blossoms, but lots of growth. In drought I hold back on fertilizing, as plants are just trying to maintain their existing leaves and flowers. I'm sure this reduced blooming on everything.


The last two weeks Silver Maple trees have cast about leaves almost everywhere each day. We will be mulching all our garden beds, a GREEN thing to do.


These double layered Zinnias have petticoats of orange under there crimson centers. The lime green leaves in pots are the last of our hot peppers.


I leave perennials in the garden until they seed this time of year. 
Black-eyed Susans are in the background, ready to drop their seeds.



Leggy Coleus and the last of the Impatiens on one of our full rainbarrels.
Rainbarrels are a great way to help drought gardens. We have four and will probably add another next year.--another GREEN thing to do.



Our pond with dried up squash vines hanging. Cherry Tomatoes behind still trying.


Some Ruby Chard and Carnival (mixed) Chard. 
This will make some great greens for some soup. NUM!




Mislabeled HOT peppers----LOTS more than we will ever use.


Cinderella has nothing on us. 
This pumpkin perched itself on an OLD antique cultivator and grew to a 
spectacular size for a homegrown pumpkin.


I have big Scandinavian hands----so this will show how big this perfect pumpkin is.
We only had two large pumpkins and three small ones, about 20% of our usual production.



REDO: Hubby rebuilt the 'family' cultivator last year, and now it's a pumpkin perch.


Here's the last Spaghetti Squash still on the vine with overgrown green beans hanging there too. This was taken late in the afternoon, I love the shadows and leaves in this photo---un-altered photo.




The front porch is finally cool enough to sit on the furniture. 
Trees block the low sun now, instead of boiling the porch.  
My Fall arrangement is a REDO with dried gourds from last year. 


My house plants are still happy on the porch. But they will have to come in soon.

I haven't found my bin of Fall decor, yet or my sunflower pillows?
But then, without color in the trees, it just doesn't feel like Fall.




Next week is Halloween---really? 
An OLD thrift shop witch swinging in the wind, I call her Gerty and she is the 
extent of Halloween decor this year.

Maybe this weekend, we can get some things up. 

When is it going to look like Fall? Orange and Yellow, 
doesn't go well with Christmas Decorations, lol.

How's your Fall going?

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fall----my Favorite Time of Year

This is My Favorite Time of Year!

Here are a few of my old pictures, from older posts---since my camera is dead and I'm still trying to work out the new one!


Fall, the end of our GREEN garden produce. 
Next week we can all the tomatoes we stashed in the freezers.




Last of the garden-blooms. 

Trips to orchards and the Chicago Botanic Gardens.






We usually sojourn up north to Wisconsin. October is spectacular there.


Mixed hardwoods and deep woods welcome Fall, like nowhere else.



Illinois offers many Forest Preserves with stunning prairie and bogs in autumn.


I love the long walks when we get a chance to wander.




And there are always pumpkin farms. The rule---you have to be able to pick it up yourself!


I 'do'd it myself, Grandma!


My home is made for Fall, with grass and earth tones. My prized family Bornholm (Denmark) Pottery comes out!


What is prettier than old silver in Fall. 


The porch morphs to autumn


A mix of Faux and Real.


and the wonderful climax of Fall

Halloween and the Talk of the Town...Loving it ALL.


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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Home: Falling into Fall

Bits of Fall are creeping into the home-naturally.
We haven't had that much time for decorating, yet. 



Tomatoes are turning red in the kitchen window, 
while squash that has fallen off their vines ripen on the OLD scale.


A few sunflowers nest in the Ivy urn, my favorite GREEN thing in the house.


A simple kitchen theme on the island, with OLD enameled fish poacher, vintage s&p delft cows, 
chicks s&p, baby dish, and NEW 
sunflower arrangement  and resin chickens. 


OLD thrift store pumpkin landed on the pedestal, biscuit jar adds a touch of earth tones to the table, the NEW owl just hangs out.

An OLD vintage trough (cracker server) of last years acorns.
OLD Antique Ironstone pitcher holds thrift store faux flowers 
with real dried roses from our anniversary bouquet.


I love the fall tones that are earth and jeweled at the same time.



A wooden trough (1940s cracker server) holds last year's acorns. 


Russet sunflowers juxtapose with the sweet coral roses.


I still haven't polished this OLD teapot, I simply love the golden patina it has rather than black.


Vintage Quaker Lace runner, adds the perfect homey touch under the antiques.


Antique spinning wheel hosts a chenille pumpkin from a thrift store. 
A little later I will bring out more. 
Our fresh garden pumpkins will be limited,
 but I have a huge stash of gourds and faux pumpkins.
Last year we had enough fresh pumpkins for EVERYWHERE!


My Grandmother's OLD antique iron dog and the original doorstop house.



A bird protects his egg deep in moss and dried hydrangeas on the buffet.


I love we are starting to luxuriate in the rich colors of Fall.

Stay safe!


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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Midwest Garden falling into Fall?

Normally, my blog is full of gorgeous summer photos of a garden to be proud of, but with the cold/late spring and the drowning two months of record rains, 
Chicagoland weather has been inhospitable to gardening.

My flowers are sad---everywhere, too much greenery to sustain through the season. I leave the blossoms on these to dry for the birds to feed.


Foliage was abundant, while roots were shallow and nonexistent on some of the tallest plants. A few days without water and tomatoes plants simply wilted instantly and refused to revive. Our tomatoes have been small, falling off the vines and way below normal production.



My Zinnias are 5 feet tall, but the flowers are very small and tight. 
No bouquets in the house this year each week. Never enough flowers to snitch from the yard.
I spent most of the summer dumping out saucers under plants and drilling holes in others for more drainage.


The Marigold on the right is growing through a crack in the sidewalk, just to show you what the dirt underneath is holding for water. I have watered it three times all summer.


But Fall is creeping up on us, and the sedum is small---but just opening.




These bees were absolutely burying themselves in the blossoms.


They never even blinked at me sticking a camera near them.


My back stairs---peeling from all the rain and we redid them last year, the green tinge is mold which covers everything. We bleached the stairs because they were scary slippery.


The birdhouse pole rotted, this year. Crazy!



Hollyhocks seed pods are still tightly wrapped. When they open, I will spread them out along the fence.


Strangely we have a few huge pumpkins. This one is at least 15" long.


Pie pumpkins are nowhere near ripening though.

Another large pumpkin on our antique cultivator. The leaves are starting to dry up, or mildew up--not sure which.

We have a few spaghetti squash, still hanging. Soon to be picked. They are very hard, not really ripe yet.


And Butternut squash, my personal favorite.


Another spaghetti squash, this one hides in the bean trellis, beans, we have finally had two pickings---so late.


Here's my dill---but there are no cucumbers to use it with. We had fresh cukes a couple at a time, not enough for making pickles.


Squash leaves looked like ancient tattered petticoats, and yet they try to blossom? 
Plants are confused, so am I.



And it's dropping into the low 50's tonight. Trees are thinking about turning, our Maple in front---with its edges starting to lemon out before either drying up or maybe turning salmon orange. 
Crossing my fingers. 

How is your Fall yard doing?

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