Everything Changes with the Seasons

Are you ready to see how the community garden has changed since autumn arrived? Two months have passed since our community garden blog post.

In late September we harvested the last vegetables; a zucchini, a pepper and vine-tomatoes.

Last crop of the year

 

Here is a picture of a bee tasting nectar from the zucchini flower. Are you surprised that bees like vegetables?

Bee on zucchini flower

Since September, the ground has hardened from the drop in temperature. The whirling winds have swept leaves from tree branches. Autumn plants love the cold, damp winds and the darkened days. Plants like pumpkins, gourds, and Brussels sprouts come alive during the season.

The summer plants cannot survive the damp, coolness of the fall season. But that does not mean we must yank every summer blooming plant from the garden. Perennial plants are able to slumber through the winter and return to life in the spring. We have perennials herbs, mint, greek oregano, and parsley in our community garden.

Whether the plant is perennial or annual, the garden must be turned.  In October, Dave tilled part of our community garden.

Garden tilled in October

He kept the overgrown asparagus plant.  The lime-green delicate stems and leaves were too beautiful to rip out-yet.

Overgrown asparagus plant

While the perennials hibernate, autumn plants such as pumpkins, gourds, and cabbage come alive during the season. As a matter of fact, Dave and his wife, Sue, surprised us with decorative cabbage this year. They bought two colored varieties; purple and white.

In October, we planted them into the autumn soil and watered them right away. Whenever you place a new plant into the ground you must water the plant thoroughly. Water helps keep the garden life nourished.

Here are the pictures of our very first ever decorative cabbage!

In October they looked like this:

Newly planted decorative white cabbage

 

Newly planted purple decorative cabbage

 

The day the decorative cabbage for our community garden, squirrels, rabbits, birds and groundhogs gathered around the four plants like a family at a Thanksgiving feast. When I attempted to sneak a photograph, the animals ran away. I did manage to get one picture, here is the photograph.

Squirrel on tomato vine stand

Dave and Sue also surprised us with two hydrangea plants for our backyard. We love hydrangeas! In the spring, we will discover the color the heart shaped leafy blooms. The flower color is a mystery which adds to our anticipation for spring when the flowers bloom.

New hydrangea plants for our backyard!

Dave noticed yet another surprise before he planted the hydrangeas. A little land snail perched upon a large green hydrangea leaf.

Land snail on hydrangea leaf

 

Mother Nature amazes us all the time! 

In November the time had come to completely roto-till the garden.

Garden totally tilled in November

The garden appears barren. But we do have the decorative cabbage plants.

In November they look like this:

White decorative cabbage in November

 

Purple decorative cabbage in November

 

Can you see the difference in the brightness of the colored centers?

One last surprise from our backyard is bright pink roses. What an incredible sight, blooming roses in November.

A rosebud in Novemebr

 

A rose bloom in November

Our community garden and backyard may have surprised you these past two months. I know we are grateful for the bounty and delight the community garden had brought to all of us this year.

Mother Nature finds ways to bring joy and mischief to our little plot of land. Nature loves to surprise us.

Until next month, keep your eyes open for the surprises Mother Nature has in store for you!

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    Pat said,

    Reflective and beautiful, as always. Don’t you just love the Asperagus plants? We use their overgrown wispy strands in our flower bouquets for fillers. Cheap & quick & easy! I never thought of rototilling my gardens – but lots of our plants come up every year so we’d be disturbing them in their winter’s sleep, I guess.

    Love this chartreuse background to match the asperagus!

    Pat

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      Vikki Bakus said,

      The four of us just didn’t have the heart to pull them out in October. Since we had not picked the vegetable at the right time, we let the plant grow. What a treat to see overgrown billowed asparagus.
      I love the bright green colors, reminds me of new growth 🙂
      Thank you for always stopping by the community garden blog and posting. You’re a faithful friend!


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