I’ve been gone the last two weekends

Which meant

No time in the garden.

It takes a lot to get me out of the garden

Two fall weekends in a row.


But a visit with Harper & Henry

And the out-of-state wedding

Of a dear friend’s son.


Leaving me out of the garden.

While we were gone

We got a big rain

Six inches of rain

To be exact.

So the ground is just right

For fall rituals.

Moving things

Pulling up spent Cockscomb

And just generally puttering around.

This is the time of year

Where the present

And the future meet.

In the garden.

Spring flowering bulbs

Have started to arrive.


Though the soil isn’t quite cool enough

To bury them yet.

My potting bench is covered with

Little containers of seeds.


Glimpses of things to come.

And the Dahlias hit their stride.


But the action isn’t all outside

Normally this time of the year I’m making pesto.

But our hot summer

Combined with my negligence in keeping the basil from bolting

Landed me with tons of bitter basil.

So there’s no pesto this year.

Instead I’m planning to freeze

Cubes of herb butter


For winter cooking.

And the kitchen windowsill is filled with

Tomatoes in different stages of ripening.


It’s a defensive move

Against whatever four-legged devil

Is dining on my almost ripe tomatoes

Every night.


They get them just before they ripen on the vine.

So I’ve figured out just how long I can leave them

Then pick them before they are stolen.

Now I don’t mind sharing a few

But they are taking more than their fair share.



You just can’t beat it

For perfect days in the garden

For relishing in a season well spent

And planning for the future









Filed under Bees, cockscomb, Dahlias, Fall, Herbs, Seeds, Tomato, Uncategorized, Zinnia

2 responses to “BACK IN THE GARDEN

  1. Pat Evans

    Your dahlias are gorgeous. We still have a rain deficit. It really put a damper on my transplanting plans. Well, there’s always next year.

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