We haven't had a frost yet and the yard still looks pretty nice with asters, mums, jerusalum artichokes, fall crocuses, white snakeroot, goldenrod blooming. Also annual and perennial salvia, sweet alyssum, obedient plant, a last few blooms on the honeysuckle trumpet vines. And in containers impatiens, petunias, marigolds, scaveola, ageratum..
We still ate fresh from the CSA farm corn last night, but it will be the last. I'm eating tomatoes from my plants, but they are ones I picked green and ripened indoors and they just aren't the same as vine ripened (but still better than store bought!). No more tomatoes are ripening outside.
Couple days ago, I brought in my last four green peppers. Peppers did very well this year with all the rain. These were still green, but huge and thick walled, very crisp and crunchy, juicy and flavorful. But they are the last. There's still babies and buds out there, but too cold for them to do anything.
I brought in herbs to dry. So far I have oregano, mint, lemon balm stripped from the stems and jarred up and lavender, sage, basil still hanging to dry. Today I will bring in the parsley and jar up the sage. I love working with the herbs, immersed in the scent and I love having my neatly labelled jars of homegrown herbs and teas, but no more going out to the garden to pick fresh leaves to cook with.
Bittersweet joys of fall harvest!