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 


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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. 
:-)

8 comments:

Claude said...

What a delightful post! Merci for linking it to my Facebook page. I never cease to wonder at the charm and uniqueness of each plant and flower. Nature growth can probably be explained, with details, by botanists. For me, it always keeps an aura of poetic mystery....Nature's promise of enchanting renewal each spring's season.

Hope some of your potted plants and flowers remain alive this winter. Please, let me know. Thank you for sharing the beauty of your land.

Anonymous said...

You truly have the best garden there is. If I were a fairy, this is exactly where I would want to live. That must be just about the best compliment a garden can get, eh? And you've grown enough basil to fill a tiny belly forever...:)

-Uschi

Gina Duarte said...

Oh, Claude! You are very welcome.

I have to say that you are quite an inspiration to me. The thanks is all mine. :-)

Uschi! You are incurably adorable. Stay that way. xxoo and all the love

susan said...

You may think this is a messy garden but it looks very beautiful and happy to me. The best gardens will always have their chaotic places because (as Uschi said) that's where the fairies love to play.

You're a true artist, my friend.

Gina Duarte said...

Well...aren't I in the midst of some really special commenters!

Much love to you all! xxoo

Uschi -It makes me happy that despite having grown up some, you are still in possession of a whimsical imagination. There is "gina" in that word! :-)

Ms. Becky said...

and what a lovely spot. your garden is beautiful, especially August and Sept. one word of advice about bringing the plants indoors - check regularly for spider mites. Impatiens are the worst. I cut stems from my coleus, leaving them very long, and put them in a large, clear glass vase. they last all winter long. Happy Friday to you Gina.

Gina Duarte said...

Becky! Thanks for reminder about the spider mites. It's been years and years since I brought potted plants inside. I did so this year because I spent a small fortune on pots and annuals and I wanted to give them a bit longer lifespan.

Always so good to hear from you, Becky. I so appreciate you taking the time to visit when I know how busy you are right now. :-) xxoo

Garden Clean Up Auckland said...

WoW, that pic of the carved old mans face birdhouse is amazing. I am going to make one as soon as I have the time. It actually looks like the tree has a face. You have a beautiful garden !!! As a professional gardener myself I spend all day making other peoples gardens look beaut instead of my own so I am ver jealous of what you have lol.