Come in, come in, won't you?
I have some curious garden specimens to share...
Such as, the teeny tiniest most perfectest little punkincake I ever did see.
How teensy you ask?
A miniature, really.
Why, I just scooped that little thing up and swooned when I saw it.
A gift from the fairy pumpkin patch, me thinks?
We also have some conjoined tomato babies...
And when flipped over, you find a perfect set of kissy lips.
Sort of eeeeeeewe, and sort of, cuuuuute.
A little Frankensteinish, wouldn't you say?
There have also been some astoundingly huge sunflower heads in the jungle of a vegetable garden this year. So huge that as their petals opened they slowly began to droop droop droop down...
On the left side of the photo below, you can kind of see the giant leaves of the hugest sunflowers. The mini gazebo is about 8 or 9 feet tall, so you can imagine what it feels like in there with the huge sunflowers.
As the sunflower heads get too heavy for anything else, I chop them off.
Off with their heads :)
Sooo many seeds in one giant sunflower head.
A little rain puddle here and there, as the vegetable garden starts to turn. Looking older, and wiser, and ready for a nap. Soon, not too soon, but soon.
There are still things growing to eat, but more and more, that change is visible.
Of course, the flower garden will have a second spring in late October early November, but the summer vegetable garden will have been long gone by then.
It's been a great, long, difficult, magical, wonderful, exhausting beyond words, astoundingly good garden summer. With extra buckets of unending heat thrown in for good measure.
Nothing a sprinkler and some popsicles can't fix.
With sweltering nights of power outages tossed in for excitement.
I am ready for a vacation.
But, I did dream of that last time didn't I?
I guess my vacation dreams have not changed.
I am a gnome spinning in circles, it seems.
I'll begin speaking gibberish soon if I go on like this, heehee!
ps: Have you seen the autumn issue of Country Gardens?
Oooo, it's lovely.