Friday, September 21, 2012
Where Was This Day All Summer?
Today was the type of day that we could have used all summer. With a threat of rain for the afternoon, we were happy to see the start of a drizzle in the morning which just continued throughout the day with different levels of intensity. I don't recall any of our few rain episodes being very lengthy this year and this "steady soaker" is welcome as it still contributes towards our overall deficiency this year. We didn't see any sunshine but were able to get outside early for our push mowing (Pat and Terry) duties and some other tasks. Many of the photos in the blog today were from some of the days earlier this week. At the top is the fern & moss garden looking nice this time of year. The moss is looking good although we need to rake almost daily in that space with all of the cottonwoods (Populus deltoides) dropping leaves. The rains today and wind yesterday brought down plenty more leaves. Directly above is our entrance garden slope earlier in the week which continues to hold solid color and texture. I'm hearing rumors of some frost over the weekend which would put an unfortunate end to the vast majority of our annuals. While it takes almost eight weeks to get all of our annuals planted, it still takes two to three weeks to remove the increased biomass from the gardens. We try to let our annuals go the distance in to October but an early frost will be a factor for sure. Our compost pile then grows by leaps and bounds. Directly below is the showy, 'Diamond Frost' annual spurge (Euphorbia graminea) catching some light and offering a nice, "baby's breath-like" contribution in a dark composition. The next photo down is the 'Bull's Blood' beet (Beta vulgaris) which has dark, showy foliage and is of course an edible variety (leaves too).