My garden for the most part is still going strong, there are parts that are looking a little shabby but thats to be expected as we transition into fall. By this time of year I am tired of trying to keep it all prim and proper so for the next few weeks it can run wild then the big fall clean up will happen. The nasturtiums are going crazy! Growing out of the planter boxes, all over the lawn, into other plants and I am sure under the fence to entertain the neighbours! My husband keeps mowing them and the more he mows over them the faster they return, not bad for a pack of seeds costing $1.98!
The dahlias too are not behaving, no matter how many sticks and miles of twine, they are still wanting to fall over! You would think after 20 years of gardening I would have figured out the professional dahlia growers use thick stakes for a reason! They are loaded in new buds and again if the frost is minimal they will bloom for a few more months. I am not going to dig them up, I had the pink one return from last year.
My mom gave me some tubers she was going to compost and to my surprise one of them grew almost the size of my head!
Another pack of seeds I planted and forgot about was an annual morning glory, (no not the invasive white one). A few months ago vines started to come out of the ground with a really interesting leaf, then buds appeared, then the flowers. It is right outside the back door and the vine covers up the brown leaves of the clematis. Again a pack of seeds for about $2.00, next year I am trying a really fun one named “Cardinal” its red! I love looking at it from the kitchen.
Other plants are still hanging in there: my rose “Beverly” has lots of blooms, and I just harvested scarlet runner beans, (see Botanical Interests), and the last of the tomatoes.
Happy Thanks Giving to all my fellow Canadians!