I'm a messy gardener. Don't let the lovely macros I sometimes deliver to my photo blog fool you. Over-all, my garden is low-budget, low-maintenance and there are times when I talk to the weeds. :-)

A journal of our humble New England garden. Dedicated to W.P., with love.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Catching Up

The Garden Since the end of June

As far as I'm concerned, Autumn has not really arrived in Western Massachusetts. The calendar says so and the mornings have been quite cool but until we get a good frost, there is still some of summer's work going on. Even as we are beginning to watch the leaves turn to color.

Next weekend, I think it will feel much more like Autumn and we should be optimum leaf peeping weather. Hopefully with sunshine. 

I attempt to catch up since the last time I posted here at the end of June.

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace. 
May Sarton 




September 30, 2012
(rainy and mild all day)

There's still plenty of basil to make the last batch of pesto.

Quince jam?  I'm not sure I want to tackle making jam. Perhaps when I turn sixty.  ;-)

A few days ago, I brought my potted plants in. They'll get cut back but I want to see if I can keep them alive for the winter.

And here are the feet of your truly, with signature messiness. 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend - Getting Ready to Plant Annuals

Wayne cut the rotting legs off the old picnic table and I decided to salvage it by turning it into a plant stand. This is the before photo. Wait until you see the after!

I went through the garden shed and found this old wooden ammunition box to plant into. 

Another shed find was the kids' old Radio Flyer wagon which we used to bring the herbs and flowers out to the back yard.

A retro plant stand is brought out for reuse for the first time in decades.

After a couple of coats of paint and some things planted in pots and arranged.

Way After
The most recent photo of the plant stand.