Six on Saturday – A Retrospective – October 20, 2018

We still have no fall colors on the trees. The asters are blooming and the Sheffield mums are beginning to open. It has seemed like such an odd year in terms of weather that I thought I would go back through previous years to see what was happening in the garden during the third week in October.

1. 2018  The confused Vitex at the end of the drive is blooming AGAIN.


2. 2017 – zebra grass in the early morning light.


3. 2016  A good year for tomatoes and this was the last of them. I spread them out in the garage and processed them as they ripened. This year my tomotoes were okay, but nothing like this so I pulled the plants at the end of August and seeded fall crops.


4. 2015   This photo was taken on 10-12-15 so a little earlier. The plant in the lower left is artemesia in shadow — turned blue by the morning light.


5.  2014   – I’ve been complaining that the asters are late this year, but it turns out they are right on schedule. They bloomed the same week in 2014.

asters in late Oct 2

6.  2013   This photo was taken on October 9, 2013. I have no idea why I would have covered the raised beds this early unless a frost was expected. Or perhaps it was to keep the leaves out of the beds although I doubt I would have been that industrious. There appear to be plants underneath the row covers.

The Brown Turkey fig tree in the background didn’t survive a subsequent winter. A shame as it was just getting to a size that would permit the squirrels to share with the gardener.

row covers 10-9-13

It’s interesting to look back on the gardens as things fill in. Just to the left of the Direct TV antennae is a small red cedar. It is now 15 feet tall and fills that part of the garden bed along the fence.

That’s my six for this week, a meme started by The Propogator, a UK gardener. This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in.


14 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – A Retrospective – October 20, 2018

    • And in 2018 I have hardly any of that artemesia left. Who knows why? It used to be so lush I was giving it away. I need to pot up the few remaining plants and start again next spring. Perhaps I can call on some of those I gave it to.

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  1. What a great idea, it is so good to have photographic evidence of where we were and what was going on in the garden when and how. I for one cannot remember year on year, I am lucky to remember where I was last week! Might even have a little look back myself! Love the miscanthus flowers in the sunlight, so beautiful.

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  2. I’m sorry about the loss of your fig tree. I lost one of mine (I had two of different varieties) this year, too. Too much water, apparently. It was huge and fed me, countless birds and squirrels, and many neighbors – including those who were invited to pick from it, and those who were not. I’m going to cut it to the ground soon and hope it will sprout back from its roots next spring, but I’m not going to hold my breath. I had never heard of a mature fig tree dying, so it’s interesting to hear that you had one, too. Are you going to try again? I’m not, if this one doesn’t grow back. Elderberry are already creeping into the spot, and I think I’ll just throw down some flower seeds there this summer.

    I like your idea of a digital garden diary through the years. Long ago, I kept garden diaries with entries for dates spanning years, but not for long. What I mean is, I had some old yearless diaries and knew I would never make entries every day, so instead I just made an entry wherever there was a blank date, whenever I happened to think of writing something about the garden. Over time, each book contained several years’ worth of information (although none was ever filled for every date). No pictures, as this was before the computer age. That’s why I like your digital idea! So much easier and more valuable, as you have shown.

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    • I had two varieties of figs. A Celeste and a Brown Turkey. Both succumbed to a hard winter. The one in the photo came back from the roots but it was so misshapen I took it out. I don’t think I’ll try again. I have a friend who has fig trees that are full of fruit every year and she gives me basketsful in exchange for jam.

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  3. A few months ago when our old dog got sick, I featured his 6 gardens in my SoS & was surprised at how wrong my memory was in some instances & how I’d obliterated entire aspects of the garden – not bad things, just thing-things – & was glad to see them again. I also love that photo of the grass & empathise w/you revisiting that lovely fig. Will you try again, as MOLA asked?

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    • Seeing the fig tree photo does make me think I might want to try again, but I think I need to talk myself out of it unless a sheltered corner of opens up. Looking back at pictures makes me realize I like the garden better when it is not so cluttered. I thought I was someone who wanted it stuffed full, but it turns out I’m not.


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