...while we were taking a break from blogging.
1. Our pineapple sage started blooming.
2. We saw a rainbow of color in our garden! Well, actually it was all on one plant - the 'Bolivian Rainbow' pepper.
3. We grew a wall of tomatoes. They liked the warm brick wall so well that they climbed higher than the support stake. So then we tied them to the lamp post and the cable lines for support.
When we finally took it down, we harvested 5 pounds of green 'Red Grape' tomatoes, which then became green tomato jam.
4. Our friends W&M came down from Victoria, BC and we visited the Olympic Sculpture Park.
Calder's Eagle in the foreground and the Space Needle in the background.
Wing Nut waxed nostalgic when she saw this one. In this age of computers, do people know what this is and does anyone still use it?
5. Wing Nut bought 25 pounds of organically grown squash at work to compensate for the damned rats/squirrels/raccoons eating all of ours! Rant Woman joined us one evening for a squash smorgasbord. We sampled white acorn, potimarron, and delicata. YUM!
6. We added another unusual plant to our hillside hummingbird garden -- Dicliptera suberecta or Uruguayan Firecracker Plant. It's a tender perennial so let's hope we don't have another snowpocalypse this winter.
7. In fear of a hard frost, we harvested all remaining tomatoes and peppers and most eggplants. We then lost the kitchen counter.
The little round ones in the basket and in the boxes are Sungolds. The big yellow ones are Persimmon. The big red one is Italian heirloom. The smaller red ones are Langley Silver Tiger. And the handful of little ones on the counter at the very bottom of the pic are Red grape.
8. Curmudgeon saved purple orach seeds for next year.
The plant sends up seed spikes that are 5-6 feet tall. The dark purple leaves are edible--we use them in salad mixes.
Anyone need a few hundred seeds?
9. Wing Nut attended the Puget Sound Mycological Society's Annual Wild Mushroom festival. Who knew mushrooms came in so many shapes and sizes and colors? There was even a blue-green one that smelled like anise (Clitocybe odora). Now I want to try growing mushrooms too. Maybe Santa will bring me a kit from Fungi Perfecti.
10. We attended the October meeting of the Seattle Area Garden Bloggers United To Talk (SAGBUTT) at the Lake Wilderness Arboretum. The fall colors were marvelous as was the company!
P.S. to our SAGBUTT friends -- we'll put the eggplant & tomato salad recipe up on the next post.