Late Summer

Well, I didn’t write after the beach, but we had a great time there.  It was HOT, the kind of hot that’s wonderful with a breeze and 69 degree water to wade out into.  I love floating out in the ocean, bobbing up over waves.  It’s very relaxing and invigorating at the same time.

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Do you believe this sand castle? Some man’s family built it for his 80th birthday!

I did take pictures of the garden last weekend after I did a late summer clean up.  I had shorn the oregano in late August and look at it!! It’s back for a fall cutting.

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It smells so lovely, oregano.

And it seems to have adopted a winter squash.

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A fine bed to rest and grow on!

The basil made a recovery after a heavy rain, but they really want to blossom, and at this point, I may have to let them go to seed.  But not before another couple batches of pesto…

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I pinched most of the blooms off, but it never does much good.

The tomatoes are still coming on, as are the okra pods.  I will also be having a few more eggplants, I think, not to mention lots of peppers.

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The zinnias are crazily beautiful as usual with birds and butterflies flitting in and out of them. More butterflies in mid-day and more birds in late afternoon.

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Hello, you…

There are cabbage whites, fritillaries, and swallowtails most commonly, though I saw a viceroy, but was unable to get a clear picture because it kept flitting.

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I think the smaller of these is a meadow fritillary and the larger one may be a variegated fritillary. But, I’m better with bird and plant ID…

So it’s late summer in the garden, heading toward fall.  It’s been a pretty good season.  I should have pulled the pole beans out, but given we have a hurricane coming, I didn’t. Sometimes great lashings of rain for days on end make the beans recover and give a few more meals.  Hope springs eternal.

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So there are actually blossoms, but it’s getting late in the year for many more beans.

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43 Responses to Late Summer

  1. As we would say in Maine, that is some sandcastle. Glad your garden is thriving. Hope the hurricane doesn’t hit you too hard.

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  2. A hurricane? Oh lor’ batten down the hatches! Do you get many hurricanes? The garden though beginning to look autumnal, is still giving which is just wonderful. The oregano looks very lush and I can just imagine the scent as you brush past! I haven’t started gardening yet, the winds are still too cold, though usually by now I’ve done the winter cleanup.

    Okay the courier has just been and I have a package to open 🙂 I’ll email. xo

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Woo hooo! We’ve had a low grade hurricane/tropical storm season so far (well, after last year…) so this will be the first to come up the coast. Oooh, I’m going to check my email…

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Glad you had good beach weather, Lisa. Hopefully, you came back renewed. *That was some sand castle!
    Your garden keeps producing well. I love all your zinnias, they must give you ample bouquets.
    I think those are skipper butterflies – they always look folded up like origami.
    Is it a given you’re getting a hurricane? Let’s hope it veers off and heads back out to sea! The weather seemed to dominate the news all summer, along with the usual insanity in DC. We need a rest!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Rest indeed! I don’t think we’ll know what it’s doing before Wednesday for certain, but it’s looking as though it will do SC, NC and VA. Luckily I’m inland, so don’t have to worry about storm surge, but the winds can be bad, as well as flash flooding. We’ll see. It may get me more beans, but I’d rather rip the plants out at this point!

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  4. Hi Lisa. I like the photo of you on the beach. I too like the sensation of bobbing in the warm water. It’s been awhile. I’m glad you had a chance to experience that this summer. I didn’t realize you were in the path of the hurricane. Sending well wishes for a decreased storm surge.

    Your garden really produced this year. It still looks lush and green.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      We’ve had a very wet and cool summer all told. I think the moisture helped a lot. I don’t like the pacific beaches. So cold! Otherwise I’d recommend you get a beach trip in!

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      • Hi Lisa, The Pacific beaches are cold. The warmest water I’ve been in is in Hawaii in September. So beautiful and relaxing. We’ve had a hot, dry (always dry), smoggy and smoky summer. Good riddance.

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      • arlingwoman says:

        Ah, you need to come visit an Atlantic beach in August. Well, I hope the fall is better for you. Those fires. If I could send you some of our 50 inches of rain this year, I would.

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      • 50 inches! Good grief. We only average 18 in a good year. We would gladly take some of it though.

        We had unusually overcast skies today with warm, muggy temps due to Hurricane Rosa. Rosa is heading up the west coast but is predicted to tuck in towards Arizona. We’re likely to get some remnants of what would be most welcome rain. I sure hope so. Are you expecting a mild winter or do you know? I haven’t even checked ours.

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      • arlingwoman says:

        I hope you get the rain! Just back from a few days with my Mom. Lovely fall weather in IL! I don’t know yet about our predicted winter. I hope it doesn’t include a Polar Vortex.

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      • I hope you had a good visit with your mom. I’m glad you’re enjoying nice autumn weather as well. Kelly was here with her husband for a visit and a side trip to Carmel. J went home after a week, and she stayed on for a few more days. It was really relaxing. I’ll put in a vote for NO Polar Vortex.

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      • arlingwoman says:

        Kelly said she had a great time! Weather here is weirdly cool. In one weekend I switched over my closet. We went from low 80s to 60s to 50s. Ah well. Mom, is doing well. I’ll be back there again in December. Hope to blog again soon! I saw your tweet!

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      • Kelly and I laugh a lot when we’re together. Our husbands get along well, too, so it’s really fun traveling together. I’m amazed at how quickly the temperatures can drop on the east coast. I remember it well from my years in Canada. You would wake up one more and it seemed the season had changed over night. I’ll watch for your next blog post.

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      • arlingwoman says:

        Yeah, I’d never seen anything quite like this. I went from summer to winter closet. No transition. One weekend. It’s been a weird year for the weather. We’re going to get that hurricane that’s hitting Mexico clashing with a cold front over the weekend. Probably kind of ugly, but it’s early days yet….

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      • I was stunned to see that the hurricane’s were already up to W. I thought the season ended in October, but apparently not. All we get is a few grey skies and winds, but non of the sought-after rain. Hang in there.

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      • arlingwoman says:

        It’s supposed to be over November 1, but hey, who knows? It will keep me out of the garden this weekend, unfortunately. And I have things to do there! Ah, well.

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      • I just read a post form a Minnesota blogger showing pics of snow on still-green trees. Crazy weather.

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  5. It’s amazing how everything keeps coming. Hope the forthcoming winds don’t do too much damage. We are still picking runner beans

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  6. tonytomeo says:

    OKRA!
    Sadly, I only buy it in the market. This year would have been a good year to grow it. The weather was oddly humid, or at least humid by our standards.

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  7. Sylvie G says:

    You seem very relax on the beach! I am glad you enjoyed the sea with the beautiful sand castles. Your garden seems very generous this year.Keep safe in the days to come. It looks like a very strong hurricane is coming your way.

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  8. KerryCan says:

    I’m nervous about that hurricane! It looks truly scary–I hope it peters out before it gets to you. I love the beach scene photo of you and the sandcastle!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Yeah, there are several scenarios right now. We’ve had so much rain the big risk is falling trees, even with 35-40 mile per hour winds. If it tracks north, it could be bad. I think it’s going to be bad in central VA moving west. And it sounds terrible for the Carolinas and the coast. Glad I got my beach in before this week!!!

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  9. Maria says:

    That sand castle has so much detail! Did it wash away?

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Yeah! The tide came in and it was gone!

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      • Maria says:

        Well, at least you have the images! I agree with Eliza that those are skipper butterflies. They are always folded up, and they have those big eyes and are smallish and brownish in color.

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      • arlingwoman says:

        Well, I should defer to you and Eliza about those butterflies. They look a lot like the skippers, but a lot like the others, toto, in my local butterfly reference. Some of them are very slightly different, and I think I’ll study the origami aspect you both mentioned, as that may be the big clue.

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