With frequent frosts and a long nighttime low that stays below 40F, the flowers are nearly done. There are always a few stragglers that push on but the bounty is over as the blooms slow. If I can pull myself away from the outside tasks, I might be able to make some magic with the behemoth of dried flowers I've been saving and hanging for future weeks but the end is near for the fresh bouquets.
I've got some spinach and salad mix available this week as well as a few precious boxes of cherry tomatoes (who are also nearing their end as the long hot days begin to shorten and cool)
Spinach is in the house! and some salad babies before going into the ground on the left and the previous babies all grown up and harvested on the left. On to get washed!
the bees are enjoying the late wildflower blooms as they scramble to get every last bit of nectar before winter. Dandelions are such an important pollen source for them and I've been saving their puffy seeds (yep!) for a new 'lawn' seed mix for next year that will be filled with flowers that will bloom even when mowed low. Get outta here grass, 'cause flowers are the new green!
Without Bonnie's dahlias from Hoot Owl Farm, the late season bouquets would fall flat! My season is so short that I only got two blooms from mine before the frost wiped them out. Maybe next year, they can be cozy under the re-installed high tunnel. But who can say no to these beauties anyways!
Don't let their abject adorableness fool you! These tiny terrors of fluff and fur have too much fun pulling every item of clothing off my open shelving closet (i've got bins now so after a marathon of laundry each item will stay safe and clean), the curtain that acts as a closet door is getting nearly shredded (as is the shower curtain), and the rest of the house is being kitten-proofed in anticipation of when they get to be free from their bedroom/bathroom confinement. I also get to sleep with three liquid balls of fluff and fur snuggled up to me, they meow and purr and play whenever I come into the room, and I get to dress up 4 cats for Halloween now (including two black cats!)
Auntie Hella is still very unsure about her new roommates (they are still separated even if she sometimes sees them when they slip through the door) but I make sure she gets snuggle times on the couch and play time with the feather wand. A few new toys helps to mix their scents together so she can learn that they are good snuggle mates too
What's available this week?
I'm Farmer Megan with a life full of cackles, clucks, quacks, weeds, crazy kitten, and one tiny, senior, blind dog.