Autumn in New England is such a beautiful time. The leaves are changing from a beautiful shade of green to a fiery shade of red. The weather is still warm with sunny days, blue skies and a hint of briskness in the air. It is officially pumpkin and apple season! That means it's time to bring out the festive fall decor and pull out the aprons for some seasonal baking. Here in zone 6a, you never really know when the first frost will hit. I wasn't sure if September was the end of the growing season. Turns out, it's been a balmy fall so flowers are still blooming and veggies are still ripening. I am excited to link up with May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Come take a tour and see what is growing in my October garden!
Roses finishing the season out strong.
Very happy I purchased this classic rose bush in the spring.
Lovely October sunflowers still lingering in the garden.
Happy to say, this is the first year I was able to grow multiple varieties of morning glories. I've grown the blue colored flowers in the past. This year I added some purple, pink, white and even striped blossoms!
Hundreds of zinnias put on a spectacular show this year. The butterflies flocked to them. I'm glad the bees still get to enjoy these flowers late into the growing season.
Last cherry tomatoes of the season ripening. I've never had tomatoes turning red in October before. I feel lucky to be able to enjoy them so late. Next week the temperatures are supposed to get down into the 20's, so I am going to be picking my last fruits this week.
Last month in my post about my September garden, I thought I had failed my mission to grow Pattypan squash this season. Then, when I was doing some garden cleaning, I spotted this little guy! My heart skipped a beat and I was so elated! I have picked a few more since then. I love this tiny, spaceship shaped squash and can't wait to cook my first dish with it. If you have any recipes, please feel free to share with me in the comment section below.
You really can never say never when it comes to nature and gardening. I thought because of a few planting glitches, I wasn't going to see any Mexican sour gherkin cucumbers, otherwise known as cucamelons this year. Again, I was wrong, and boy, I am happy to say that! I planted them in a spot that wasn't sunny enough. The vine started to grow towards the sun, so mother nature ended up fixing the problem for me. I ended up harvesting a bunch of these tiny fruits this month. I can't wait to grow them again next year.
I purchased these seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.
October Garden Decor
Bringing a bit of spooky charm to my garden with a cheerful scarecrow, dried cornstalks, broomcorn, pumpkins and chrysanthemums.