Saturday, November 5, 2011

Better late than never: Seventh Day October

 A bee works over a stand of asters in the backyard.

Did you think that maybe we had fallen off the face of the Earth? That maybe we had finally had enough of all the nonsense we've been witnessing thanks to the politicians and big-business types? That maybe we had decided just to pack it in and go off the grid? As tempting as that may be, the real reason you haven't seen much here lately is that we've been really, really busy.

October was a month of transition -- both in the garden and out of the garden. So let's talk garden: 
  • Containers of summer annuals and vegetables have been emptied.
  • Pots of scented geraniums and other plants for overwintering have been brought inside. Still need to find homes for everything. The dining room floor is way too crowded!
  • Waterlilies and umbrella plants stowed in the closet under the stairs.
  • Fish moved into winter quarters in the aquarium in the guest room. All four appear to be adjusting well.
  • Harvesting potatoes, carrots, onions. Eating celeriac, beets, parsnips, spinach and lettuce.
  • Planting garlic.
  • Planting the martagon lilies we bought during a visit to the Chicago Botanic Garden.
  • Cages going up for winter deer protection.
October passed by too quickly. Here, at least, we can slow down a little and see where we've been.  Take a look here or in the sidebar at right.


  1. Thanks! All that's left of the asters now are dried flowerheads and yellowing leaves. Still attractive in their own way -- even without the bees.