For several weeks now, there hasn’t been much new as far as blooms in The Land of Making Do. Soybean fields are drying out, and Mr. Farmer showed up yesterday to start the harvest.
HH was away, so he sent me a text to close up the house – combines are on their way. See the dust? Yep, it covers every surface inside if we have anything open. Even with the house closed up, harvest season always brings an extra round of dusting. (I love harvest time, but not that part, y’all.)
Yesterday morning, I went out to cut some things to hang dry over winter.
Things are starting to look tired. We went so long without rain but finally had some last week. The cockscomb have relaxed over the walkway.
I cut a huge bloom for drying and several others for an arrangement inside. Harry Lauder grew like wild this year, so I snipped a few branches.
Mrs. Garden Party shared cuttings with me two years ago, which I promptly stuck in the ground. I wonder if her green thumb followed with her cuttings. Ha!
My painted gourd Forever Pumpkin makes an appearance for orange week in this back porch pot.
Surprise of the season is this one stem of cockscomb volunteering among bachelor buttons. The colorful leaves look very much like fall.
Around by the front porch, Spunky Daughter found Mrs. Corn Spider’s egg sack in the tea tree olive bush. It’s the largest one I’ve ever seen!
It reminds me of a fig and is actually the size of a small fig. Mrs. Corn Spider is still hanging around – not much change from her Halloween pose two weeks ago in WBW #31.
After collecting cuttings and blooms, I put them in an arrangement to enjoy inside.
And here I thought we didn’t have many things blooming!
The purple blooms are from the Vitex Chaste tree.
I love the way the Harry Lauder branch tips swoop over.
French tarragon is just beginning to bloom. Tiny yellow buds are opening. Talk about a heavenly scent!
Bachelor buttons peek through here and there. I love bachelor buttons…drying those for next year, for sure.
What’s the moral to this story?
Next time you think there aren’t many blooms in your landscape, go outside with your clippers. You might be surprised at what you find. Prepare yourself for shocking (yet enjoyable) results!
What’s your favorite bloom in your landscape right now? Do you bring cuttings inside to enjoy?