Friday, August 28, 2015
Autumn In The Air
The mums are here. Well, at work. In the parking lot. Once the mums arrive--the air seems to change, getting cooler, drier and the days seem shorter. "the end is near"
We have loads of Russian Sage on the perennial tables at the front of the store. The tall, light blue
plant behind the sage. Here in my Town it's actually referred to as the "Kentucky Fried Chicken Plant" because, at this time of year, the parking lot is dominated by the HUGE shrubs of Russian sage at the KFC.
Customers see the huge billows of blue and WANT one. They come to my work place and ask for the KFC plant. Truth be told---I had to get in the car the first year this happened--drive to KFC, and then look at, smell and finally clip a branch.... for research purposes. And to identify the plant.
Now, I know. And I make sure to stock plenty at this time of year.
As is always the case, I cannot, for the life of me, grown Russian sage. None of the five plants I have here at my house have ever gotten more that 6 inches tall and rarely, if ever, have they made any blue flowers. We finally decided to move them to the highest, sunniest, driest spot on our property. The circle of dirt that is the end of the driveway. They are alive. Which is all I can say about them.
I would LOVE to have waves of tall, blue branches.
The zucchini plants are slowing down. The cucumbers made a big effort and are now--well, they don't seem to be doing much of anything, but a second planting is already tuning up. No yellow squash but they also have a second planting waiting to get going. The tomato plants look ragged and sad with a few tomatoes turning color each day. I finish them off in the sunroom. (meaning they turn red in the sunroom). Carrots from the first of many failed plantings are ready. Beets are ready but I am waiting until I want to oven roast them. Still too warm.
I harvested 12 plums from my very slow to grow plum tree. First fruit in ALL the years we have owned it. G moved it 2 years ago and it seems to being saying thank you. The plums are small but very good. And no worms hiding inside. Not enough to re-create my grandmother's plum kuchen.
She grew plums just so she could make plum kuchen. And it was so delicious. As was her handmade apple strudel. I have thought about an apple tree. And using one of the crab apple trees we already own as a pollinator.
Seven fat quarts of blueberries in the freezer. I should make a blueberry cake for the gang at work. Or at least try a blueberry spinach smoothie. Yuck.
Or a blueberry vanilla protein powder smoothie with some Greek yogurt. Or just yogurt and blueberries. Or, better yet---blueberry pancakes.