It’s Here Now, Fans of Fall

It’s definitely end of season.  I see the signs everywhere–not just on the calendar.  It continues to rain here, as though preparing us to make a decision about building an ark.


The Blackeyed Susans are a bit seedy, were leaning, and … I ripped them out.

I’m at the point where I’d just like to rip things out and clean up, but I do still have tomatoes coming on and the rain has revitalized the green beans, a treat courtesy of hurricane Florence and a generally damp weather pattern.


Looks like some hard work compared to getting pollen from the zinnias, but perhaps this bee wanted a little variety.

The thing about ripping out, though, is that the bees and butterflies and birds are so busy in the flowers.


Like this black swallowtail…

Sometimes there is so much movement among the blossoms that I stop and try to see individual things. And there are a lot of them still collecting pollen.


And this Monarch.

So I’ll give them extra time.


I’m sure the bees will appreciate it, even if they don’t give me credit.

I have to search through the flowers now for my bouquet.  The blossoms are increasingly spotted and don’t last as long.  Still, this was coming.  All those folks declaring end of summer at Labor Day knew it, but I deny it right up until the fall equinox.  Officially, that was yesterday evening.


Now this one I could have picked.

I’ll savor the last few tomatoes and green beans in the next few weeks, put the garden to bed for the winter in good time, and look for the pleasures of autumn, perhaps among them the Katsura tree at Dumbarton Oaks, whose turning leaves smell of cooked sugar.


And speaking of sugar, I used the last of the peaches in a pie. Into apple and pear season now!


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37 Responses to It’s Here Now, Fans of Fall

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Glad you are leaving some flowers for the pollinators, esp. the monarchs that need all the help they can get. Like you, I say Fall doesn’t start until the equinox and last night was in the 40s, so yeah, it feels like it, too. Always sad to say goodbye to the garden flowers. 😦 Your pie looks beautiful – I love peach pie!

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  2. Beautiful butterfly and beautiful pie. I enjoy autumn but I miss warm nights on the patio.

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  3. Sylvie G says:

    It is goid that you are thinking about the bees.They need all the help they can get to survive ( and our survival too) .

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  4. It’s amazing how the seasons differ. The fall equinox here would be the start of lots and lots of produce… lettuces are finished basically, but beans, tomatoes, cucumbers in abundance for several more months.

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  5. Yes, the equinox celebrated here too with a large dump of rain and an almost equally large drop in temperature. I’m beginning to feel like I won’t mind what the weather is as long as it is consistent. There is more light and that always makes me happy! Love seeing what you do with your produce. That pie looks pretty yummy!

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  6. Lavinia Ross says:

    Your autumn looks lovely! I look forward to this time of year, even though it is getting darker. So many good things coming in form the vineyards, garden and orchard.

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  7. tonytomeo says:

    I had given up on apples this year. I am not working at the farm where they are. However, I happened to find that an abandoned apple tree near where I am working a bit now is full of fruit. It is a legendary tree that my paternal Grandmother picked fruit from with my Pa when he was a little kid. She made jelly with them because there were no crabapples available. Now that I will be collecting the fruit myself, I can see why. They are pippin apples! They are certainly not my favorite, but they can be used for nice jelly, and mixed with elderberries to compensate for the lack of pectin in elderberry jelly. I will be making jelly in time for the competition at the Harvest Festival next Saturday. I will of course be sending some to my Pa! There are pippin apples at the farm too, as well as about six or seven other cultivars. Most are Gravenstien.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      What a fabulous discovery! I wish you luck in your jelly making. It’s such fun to discover a fruiting tree–my favorite are paw-paws, which have fruit this time of year. They are understory trees in the woods and usually grow in little groves. And the paw-paws are yummy.

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      • tonytomeo says:

        PAW PAW!!! Oh my! They are not native here. I have grown a few seedlings, but was not able to plant them (long story). I will plant some this winter. They can be grown here, but have not been so far. I saw two small trees in San Jose. I will grow my own eventually.

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      • arlingwoman says:

        Years ago, my father came back from a walk in the woods and put two paw paws on the kitchen counter. He was immensely pleased about them. Now I look for them when in the woods.

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  8. I’m pleased you are giving the insects more time. I’m sure you will be rewarded 🙂

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  9. It feels like we’re at about the same stage here, Lisa. and I notice the bees (and other bee-like insects) are still busy. That pie looks yummy! I’ve been making peach cobbler. Peaches are such a delicious fruit.

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  10. KerryCan says:

    We’re further along than you are but, yes, it’s is definitely autumn! I cut back my black-eyed Susans a couple weeks ago and am working my way around the yards, trying to keep what still looks good, and adding mums and ornamental kale. I love fall . . .

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    • arlingwoman says:

      I like fall as well, but in another way I dread it, because of what comes after! Ugh. winter. In recent years, though, I’ve viewed winter as a restful time. Still, I’m not happy with the cold.


  11. Winter, as I was recently told, is only 91 days long. If only…

    That pie looks wonderful, and so do the butterflies.

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  12. Maria says:

    It’s a busy garden. Nice images!

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  13. Mary Tang says:

    Our gardens won’t go to bed…although I do have some deciduous trees they are outnumbered by evergreens. It’s spring and everything is well woken. It’s great that you gave the butterflies and bees some extra time.

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