Six on Saturday – Blessed Rain – October 19, 2019

We had rain this week — and wind. It brought down a lot of trash from the silver maples, but I am not complaining. We were desperate for moisture. More rain forecast for tomorrow, but after several months of drought some of my evergreens may not make it through the winter.

This afternoon I will pull up the cucumber that hasn’t stopped giving. I took the last bag of cukes to Sherry, who cuts my hair, and whose Serendipity Salon is next to the St. Michaels Community Garden where the steroidal cuke grew. I’m pulling up the spaghetti squash plants as well. This morning I saw a single potential squash the size of my thumbnail, but it’s too late in the season for it to mature. The plant only had male blossoms for the first six weeks. Anybody have any ideas why? Last year seeds planted at the same time in late August produced a bumper crop of a dozen good sized squash.

But first, something pretty.

  1. Physostegia virginiana, the obedient plant, obedience or false dragonhead, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family. I thought I had pulled all of this out, but there is a small clump. It needs to be transplanted.

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2. I think this is a chamomile cultivar but it doesn’t look like the button center photos I pulled up on the internet. It’s another plant someone gave me. It has small white flowers which are still blooming.

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3. Despite all the watering I did, drought distressed plants now litter my garden. I suspect some will need to be replaced next spring.

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4. The red twigged dogwood leaves are beginning to show some color and the twigs are turning red.

5.  Most of my large grasses were cut back a couple of weeks ago so I could divide them. I knew I would lose the seed heads, but I couldn’t wait to do that job later. One clump along the fence didn’t get cut and is showing plumage. It looks as soft as a cozy, warm sweater.

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6. Seed heads on the Echinacea, a group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family.  Commonly called coneflowers, I have not had much luck with them. This clump is now getting more sun since I took out the river birch, so I will plant some of these seeds nearby and see what happens.

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That’s my Six on Saturday, photos in my garden once a week, a meme started by The Propogator, a UK gardener.  This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in. #lovemygarden

 

9 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – Blessed Rain – October 19, 2019

  1. Here is also the time to collect the seed heads for the next year. I picked up those echinaceae like you and those of gomphocarpus physocarpus (if you know: it’s like cotton). So seeing yours and as you might want to make a sweater, I have what you need here! It’s a sweetness! …

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  2. I am sorry I missed all the Six on Saturday last for the past two weeks. I am also sorry we are not getting rain here. Our electricity continues to get turned off because of the extreme fire danger. I can not get online when that happens.
    That is an interesting chamomile, but how is the flavor? It would be very different without the yellow disc flowers.

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