Due to the rain and a cool front coming in, the temperatures went from 77°F (25°C), down to 41°F (5°C) within 24 hours. Yeah, it got cool. And the wind was very chilly this afternoon, too. Instead of doing an Autumn photo walk, I’d rather stayed at home and checked on my plants in the greenhouse. Since they are protected from wind and weather, they are doing very well. We are getting some colors during the gloomier days of Autumn and Winter. That changes the mood. 🙂
Yesterday, I spent a few hours refilling some of the greenhouse beds and planting flowers for the Winter season. When it gets cold, and the landscape is grayish/brown, we still enjoy the colors in our garden. October is usually the time to get it all ready to do the greenhouse planting. Throughout the Winter months it definitely will pay off by having nice greens and some blooms. Then in early Spring, we will get rewarded with tons of colorful flowers. I did photograph some of the plants in the greenhouse. But there will be more photos of more plants, once the blooms went through the “transplant shock’ and show themselves in their prettiest colors.
Jalapeño Peppers (Capsicum annuum)
The fairies “asked” me to clean up the rest of the Spring/Summer plants to make more room for the Autumn/Winter Season , in the greenhouse. After plucking the peppers and some old annual herbs, I refilled one of the beds with some soil and planted Blue Sage and Thai Basil. Sara agreed with putting the plants in the greenhouse, so they can last longer in the cooler season. We’ve also noticed, the light in the fairy house turns on sooner, every evening. The nights definitely become longer, again. And the fairies come home from their work earlier. 😉
I love this time of year. The peaches are almost ripe. Kevin can’t wait, me making peach cobbler soon. The herbs are great for sauces and other recipes. The peppers just love the heat in the greenhouse. My sunflowers are in full bloom in the raised beds. But today, I also harvested the last tomato, before I cut the plants down in the greenhouse. They had to make room for zucchini, corn, and okra. I have to see, how well they will do. But it is worth trying it. So far the seedlings do very well.
It’s definitely getting warmer in North Texas. Day temperatures are in the 90s (32°-36°C), since the beginning of Summer. We’ve also had some thunderstorms, last week. It’s the perfect mix for growing vegetables and fruits in the garden. The squirrels planted some seeds earlier in the year. And now, we have corn plants with ears on them. Since the wildlife worked so hard sowing seeds, the corn ears will go to the squirrels. Maybe they will share with a mouse and a few birds. As of right now, we have to share our peaches with the squirrels. Until Luis comes out and barks them out of our backyard: “No peaches for you, Sandy! Woof!”
Because it got warmer, the tomatoes slowed down with their production. We will see, if they make it to Autumn and start to produce again. If not, there will be room for some more Autumn/Winter vegetables. One of the Orb-weaver Spiders made camp in our Autumn Sage. We always can use a good friend like Zippy in the garden. She takes care of the pesky insects and keeps them away from our garden. Our clematis blooms for the third time, this season. I need to start to trim it. That way, we might get the plant bushier and more blossoms. Something I still have to learn how to do.