Six on Saturday – Another One Bites the Dust – October 27, 2018

The trees in the neighborhood are beginning to show subdued color, but nothing like the riotous hues of some years.  I’ll enjoy the show before the leaves are on the ground and need to be raked.

On Friday I had a garden helper with a chain saw. We took down the remaining River Birches. This is before.

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This is after. There are three crepe myrtles in this area which will now have room to expand and I get the borrowed landscape of the back of my neighbhor’s yard. See those two metal rings in the front of the picture? I have four of these hoops that came from half whisky barrels that disintegrated. I previously used them filled with gravel as stepping stones but took them up when I got chips in the spring. Now I’m thinking I may be able to make some sort of sculpture out of the hoops to put on top of the birch trunks. Of course I’ll have to keep after the suckers and use an herbicide or I’ll have another huge tree in that spot. I originally thought I could put the top of a blue birdbath on the stumps but the scale of the birdbath to the stump wasn’t right. I’ll look at it for awhile before I decide. I can always have the stumps cut to the ground in the spring.

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2. In late October there are only a few welcome pops of color in the garden. The Sheffield mums are now fully open .

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3. The Aronia arbutifolia ‘Brilliantissima’ (Red Chokeberry) leaves are just starting to color and there are small red berries that entice the birds.

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4. The hostas are on the way out but provide some needed color in another area of the garden.

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5. The Limelight hydrangea is lovely with soft pinks and greens.

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6. Not a garden photo but a bit of bragging about winning first place for a traditional pumpkin pie in the St. Michaels Community Center’s pumpkin pie contest last weekend. I hadn’t intended to enter and was just baking two pumpkin pies to be sold by the slice. They turned out so pretty (I forgot to take a photo) that I entered one.  And won!!!

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

 

27 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – Another One Bites the Dust – October 27, 2018

  1. Congrats on the prize Mala – I bet that was a great pie. I was interested in the Sheffield Mum as I grew up in the UK City called Sheffield. Is that the name of the variety?

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    • Honestly, Katherine, I don’t know. The first plant was given to me as a Sheffield mum and I find them on the internet by that name. But I don’t know if this is a specific cultivar.

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    • Cathy Mendenhall’s PUMPKIN PIE (the original recipe given to me by Cathy did not have vanilla in it. Another friend use the same recipe and won third place. She didn’t use vanilla. It’s also possible only three people entered the traditional category. We live in a small town.)

      1 1/4 cups sugar
      1 tablespoon flour
      1/2 tsp salt
      1 tsp nutmeg
      1/2 tsp cinnamon
      1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
      ½ tsp vanilla

      1/2 cup cream
      1/2 stick melted butter
      4 beaten eggs
      2 cups pumpkin

      Unbaked pie shell

      Combine sugar, flour, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla. Stir well.

      Add eggs, melted butter and cream to dry ingredients and beat with a hand mixer until well blended. Then add pumpkin stirring well.

      Pour into unbaked pie shell and bake in 400 degree oven for 45 minutes or until done.

      Insert a knife in center to test for doneness. When it comes out clean the pie is done. Serve plain or topped with whipped cream.

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  2. My hoops came from a rental house across the street. Two barrels there were disintegrating and I asked the renters if they would mind if I took the hoops and cleaned up the barrels. They thought it was a fine idea! and I got the hoops.

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    • PUMPKIN PIE (this recipe came from my friend Cathy Mendenhall. I use fresh nutmeg and added the vanilla. I think vanilla makes everything better.)

      1 1/4 cups sugar
      1 tablespoon flour
      1/2 tsp salt
      1 tsp nutmeg
      1/2 tsp cinnamon
      1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
      ½ tsp vanilla

      1/2 cup cream
      1/2 stick melted butter
      4 beaten eggs
      2 cups pumpkin

      Unbaked pie shell

      Combine sugar, flour, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla. Stir well.

      Add eggs, melted butter and cream to dry ingredients and beat with a hand mixer until well blended. Then add pumpkin stirring well.

      Pour into unbaked pie shell and bake in 400 degree oven for 45 minutes or until done.

      Insert a knife in center to test for doneness. When it comes out clean the pie is done. Serve plain or topped with whipped cream.

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  3. Well done on the pumpkin pie success. I haven’t made one for many years ( not such a big thing down here) but would like to try yours. I like the musky shades of your hydrangea, they always age well, don’t they? I also think the sculpture idea with the hoops is a good one, perhaps involving some of your big leaves.

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  4. What a difference taking those trees out makes. As you say, the sun coming in will change things for what’s growing. How exciting! Love the hoop sculpture idea, too. Can’t believe it’s already pumpkin pie time, even tho I’ve been hovering about my 3 little pumpkins, waiting for Halloween. Think I’ll try your recipe WITH the vanilla. That’s what made all the difference!

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