Robbing the Cradle

I didn’t spend much time in the garden this weekend. I had errands on Saturday and a dinner party to attend in the evening. Sunday I woke up to a very cool day. I made coffee and biscuits, checked email and learned none of my volunteers was heading for the garden, so I decided to go in the afternoon, before a foray to the grocery store.

Ready for the oven.

Ready for the oven.

Not much is growing now except the greens, which are thriving. It is definitely fall. The light is changing rapidly and trees are coloring up.

Alex's mustard greens and kale look luscious!

Alex’s mustard greens and kale look luscious!

The weather forecasters said we might have a frost this weekend. Arlington is a microclimate, so our frosts are later than those around us. Still, I began to look at the tiny zucchini and summer squash and wonder if I should harvest them.

The zucchini looked pretty small.

The zucchini looked pretty small.

They had not grown much since last week. It was possible a freeze would damage them before next weekend.

This little squash was going to need the fur coat.

This little squash was going to need the fur coat.

I decided to rob the cradle.

Baby theft!!

Baby theft!!

I also had some nice chard and beet greens again, as well as tomatoes and peppers.


There was one okra pod worth harvesting, which along with the other takings, went into a black bean soup the cool weather had made me hungry for.


After cradle robbing, I wandered around to see what other gardeners had. So much will not have time to mature. But that’s the way of gardening.

This little fig may just have enough time...

This little fig may just have enough time…

I did a little work in the small garden, which is nearly ready to be put to bed.


I was also pleased to be able to pick another bouquet for home. Some of the plants had seed heads, which I scattered along the fence line by the sidewalk. I’m looking forward to a bit of a rest this winter, but also thinking ahead to next year’s flower borders!

I'll pick flowers as long as they last!

I’ll pick flowers as long as they last!

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34 Responses to Robbing the Cradle

  1. Sylvie G says:

    Harvest your zuchini before it is too late, please !

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  2. Better to have small zucchini than no zucchini at all! Is it so that what you call biscuits I call scones? And what I call biscuits you call cookies…………….. The flowers have been plentiful for a number of months, your garden has done so well! You will deserve the rest that winter brings! Your parcel should be with you by now surely ………


  3. Lisa, I love your garden updates. It’s definitely looking like autumn there. I remember the last of the tomatoes on the vine prior to a frost, and once it hit they were gone overnight. It seems to happen so fast, but in reality, it’s been creeping up on us all along.

    I hope you had fun at the dinner party. We attended an earlier than usual Halloween party and I’m exhausted. Here comes Monday.


  4. Jean-Marcel says:

    You guys are making me hungry. Biscuits or scones, I loved them with lavender and lemon zest. And topped with butter and jelly. Sinful…


  5. Mary Tang says:

    If in doubt, harvest! πŸ™‚ Babies are sweet and succulent πŸ™‚

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  6. Your last sentence speaks for us all


  7. I agree with Mary, babies taste best! And no squeaky skin! πŸ™‚ Really lovely photos.


  8. arlingwoman says:

    Thanks! I usually let them get bigger, but I’m glad I got them. We may have had a freeze last night.


  9. KerryCan says:

    Our gardens are frozen solid now–all the annual vegetation is over and done. We actually had snow squalls yesterday and it was 21 degrees when I got up today! So, I’m glad you thought ahead and got your veggies out and of course you’re thinking about next year’s flowers already–that’s what gardeners do!!


    • arlingwoman says:

      It was pretty cold this morning. What’s already there for you will be with us soon. I made my hot cocoa mix yesterday–first of the season! That will help me be ready for snow squalls!


  10. Beginning with those scrumptious-looking biscuits and ending with the happy bouquet of flowers made me think of one of Carl Sandburg’s ten definitions of poetry as “the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.” (Even though I know the bouquet is mostly zinnias! πŸ™‚ )


  11. starkwe says:

    What a beautiful bouquet! Zinnias are one of the flowers that really doesn’t like the Florida heat.


  12. I love tiny zucchinis, the are so flavorful. I also love home made biscuits and beautiful flowers in pretty vases: a very good post Lisa! xo Johanna

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  13. in567 says:

    Coffee and biscuits! Wonderful garden and zucchinis! I’m a newbie gardener, so I’ll follow and learn some tips from ya.


  14. Robin says:

    The little squash are so cute. Glad you rescued them before the cold got to them. Your bouquet of flowers is lovely, so colorful. πŸ™‚

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