Quick Garden Update

The transition to Autumn continues. Between storms and critters, the last of the sunflowers toppled over or got devoured by hungry gold finches, squirrels and chipmunks. Colors still delight the eyes with red salvia, dianthus, and different types of cosmos and zinnias now taking center stage.

Purple and lacinato kale bring their own hues to the mix, and the rainbow chard are taking off in the silver planter.

Some of my late Summer planted lettuce is growing. I’m not sure what’s up with the spinach! I’ll try again when the temps consistently cool.

In any case, I thought I’d share some of today’s views of this surprisingly edible front yard.

Wishing everyone a beautiful day!

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  1. All so lovely!  

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  2. Love the colours… and I always think that rainbow chard and curly Kale look great… they look even better dotted in your tubs .. I was looking in my garden today and still so much colour still…

    My Buddleia bush which finished flowering early due to the heat.. is now sending out smaller second full flush blooms… I even have Strawberries still sending out flowers and fruit.. Unusual for Sept.. Its as if Nature is in second bloom… My Magnolia also sent second flowers out in August and that is a spring flowering tree..

    When we look to nature, its as if we are being shown she is making the most of Summer and is giving us everything she has… I do feel in my bones Winter could be harsher than normal this year… I take note of natures signs.. Though this autumn I do not see as many berries on trees for birds which is worrying.. The Hawthorns are usually packed in berries, but they are not so heavy this year at all..
    I have a good supply of seeds though and I save the Sunflower seeds for them.. 🙂
    Loved your garden update Laura.. ❤

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    • Thank you, Sue. It’s weird, the elderberry did not have as many berries as usual, but the aronia bushes went nuts this year. Sooooo much fruit! I always try to plant a wide variety of crops and figure at least something will do well. If it’s too hot, or too dry, or too wet, or too cold, and you grow a wide enough variety, something will bloom, fruit and harvest. Plus, it creates more of a diverse ecosystem.

      All things you know, I’m sure … but yes, this could be a harsh Winter. We just switched out our gas fireplace for a wood stove insert, figuring in Michigan it’s good to have a backup source of heat, especially on the coldest days. Lots of love to you and your garden! ❤

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      • Very Wise with your wood-burner… I wish we had a wood burner for what is set for us with fuel costs this winter… Unbelievable price hikes… But we are prepared with alternatives… Generator, and camping stove… and gas bottles lol..

        On the garden front our blueberries this year didn’t fruit.. yet one raspberry bush went in over drive giving more than ample.. The Elderberry Tree on the plot behind us too, seemed to have lots of flowers.. Yet hardly any berries.. 🤔 Weird…
        The Holly trees near us too hardly any berries this year..
        Sending you thoughts dear Laura.. Michigan I guess has some cold cold days..
        Much love ❤

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  3. Posted by Cynthia on September 18, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    Hi. The pinky purple flowers in the first photo look as though they are morphing. And the monad or soul memory network and the I AM collective seems to be shifting towards us?
    Blessings!

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