Despite our best efforts, as gardeners and as just plain folks, we never know for sure what can happen in a season. There I was, walking west on Lake Shore in mid-October and a flutter among the hawthorns caught my eye. Could it be? Yes, it was! The little fella above, left behind by the Monarch butterfly migration, was catching the last fall rays.
Then there’s the fruits of my procrastination. Totally immersed in revising the Toronto Gardener’s Journal Source Book for the last few weeks, my fall garden tidy-up is long overdue. Result? A handful of green ‘Chocolate Sprinkles’ – how appropriate for the day after Hallowe’en – tomatoes on November 1st.
It’s great to be able to enjoy fresh, home-grown goodies, even in the month of November. When I hauled down the vines from the pole and runner beans and cucumber yesterday, I found enough late beans to snack on, as well as bean seeds to save – and one hidden cucumber. Trick or treat!
The toughness and cold hardiness of certain flowers never ceases to amaze me – even after near-freezing temperatures and a sprinkling of snow.
Right now, two small bouquets from the garden are perfuming my office with the peppery scent of nasturtiums and the last of the ‘Windermere’ roses.
Let that be a lesson to us. Every season is a season of surprises. And I mean that in a good way.
What surprised you in your garden this fall?