Category Archives: gardening

End of season dahlias

The tubers can be left in the ground until it is freezing, but why wait? Better to work in nice weather.

Bob and I were often out in the cold digging up the flower bed. Our hands froze. Our noses ran. I hated those tubers because of the winter-like weather.

Not this year. I chose the last nice day to do this chore.

It’s no good to wait until the last minute.

I enjoyed my time with my flowers this fall because I wasn’t freezing.

Now I’m looking at a small package of tulip bulbs. Should I plant them? Or should I save them to force the bulbs to bloom mid-winter?

I planted a couple of fall bulbs, but when the snow flies I like to see growing plants. The rest will give me comfort in January.

Until next time, that’s it from Sunnybook Farm.

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Tomato season ending

Autumn has sprung with shorter days. The last of my tomato plants still have a few more green tomatoes but I picked the ripe ones today.

I haven’t pulled the plants yet as it has been warm here. Too soon the weather will change. Cold temps will end the growing season for good.

But for now, I’ll enjoy the small ripe fruit I have.

Until next time, that’s it from Sunnybook Farm.

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A green gift

My friend Bridget asked if I wanted a fern. Today she dug it from her garden.

And gave it to me.

I think it grew as it came out of the soil.

Now I will go and repot it so it can survive the winter in my upstairs bathroom.

Hopefully it will be alive to go outside into my garden next summer.

Thank you Bridget.

Until next time, that’s it from Sunnybook Farm.

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Backyard spinners

Just a quick peek at the spinners in my backyard.

Warning: if they are spinning fast, don’t get too close.

Only on a calm day can I oil spinners and stop their squeaking.

The windchime has been known to annoy visitors. On those days, the clanker is wound around them so no chimes sound.

I’m so used to all the noises coming from my decorations, I don’t notice the sounds at all.

As it has gotten calm now, I think it’s time to squirt a little oil on the spinners.

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