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)
This September is just awful, when it comes to the weather in North Texas. Down in Houston, people almost drowned with the tropical depression “Imelda” (yeah, she sounds like a b*tch), last week. And up here, 400 miles north, in DFW we break the record for the hottest and driest September. Our yard hasn’t seen a drop of rain in weeks. The soil is cracking in the yard, despite trying to keep up with the irrigation system. One of the biggest crack is about a foot and a half deep and four inches wide. Kevin needs to get some soil mixed with sand and fill at least that one in. We don’t want have any broken ankles, or broken paws. Since it is so warm, the tree foliage is not turning into Autumn colors anytime soon either. We just hope, it will cool down pretty soon. I’d love to plant some Winter vegetables, which will not germinate in this heat. Some cabbages, carrots, salads, spinach and other goodies would be great to sow and later plant into the garden. Maybe I have to start indoors, where there is air conditioning.
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. 😉