Monday, September 10, 2012

Autumn really is coming...

...and I have the proof!

59 degrees in Central Texas!

I just ran around the house and threw all the windows and doors open! Now I'm thinking about making vegetable soup and wondering if my sweaters need laundering.

What's got you thinking about fall this morning?

Words and photos © 2009-2012 Caroline Homer for "The Shovel-Ready Garden". Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Joys of a late summer cool front

A dry cool front came through this weekend, and knocked our 100+ degree temps down about 10 degrees. It actually feels pleasant outside, and the mosquito population appears to have dropped, too. Since oak wilt beetle activity is past its peak, I pruned the little red oak tree in the back yard, and finally decided on a spot to plant the American beautyberry bush I won at the Trowel and Error gardening seminar two springs ago.

Here's what caught my eye as I puttered around in the garden, this weekend and last.

blackfoot daisies

Blackfoot daisies

blackfoot daisies

horseherb and oxalis
Horseherb and oxalis

texas sage
Cenizo (Texas sage)

Dwarf ruellia (Mexican petunia)
Dwarf ruellia


salvia coccinea "coral nymph"
'Coral Nymph' 'Teresa' salvia greggii

mealy blue sage
Mealy blue sage

esperanza
Esperanza

flame acanthus
Flame acanthus

'Bright Edge' yucca and 'Pot o' Gold' lantana
'Bright Edge' yucca and 'Pot o' Gold' lantana

What's catching your eye in your late summer garden? I'd love to hear about it!



Words and photos © 2009-2012 Caroline Homer for "The Shovel-Ready Garden". Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Hello, y'all, and hello, fall!

Hello, gardening friends! Since my last (brief, photoless) post, I've been vacationing in the South Texas desert. We stayed at the Big Bend Getaway,
Big Bend Getaway, Terlingua, Texas

Sunny morning patio view, Terlingua, Texas

View from bedroom window, Terlingua, TX

Front porch at dusk, Terlingua, Texas


hiked the Grapevine Hills Trail to the Balanced Rock in Big Bend National Park,
Grapevine Hills Trail, Big Bend National Park

Grapevine Hills Trail, Big Bend National Park

Balanced rock, Grapevine Hills Trail, Big Bend National Park


and went swimming at Balmorhea State Park.
Balmorhea State Park, Toyahvale, TX

Balmorhea State Park, Toyahvale, Texas

Balmorhea State Park, Toyahvale, TX


Since I've been back, I've been getting the raised beds ready for the fall garden, and today I got the first round of transplants and seeds planted, yay!
Planting the fall garden

I planted arugula, artichoke, dill, beets, broccoli, carrots, chard, cilantro, cucumbers, green beans, lettuces, mustard, parsley, radish, sage, spinach, and tomatoes. Yeah, it's a bit late for those summery ones, but hey, it was 101 today. We'll have very warm days for another six to eight weeks, and daytime temperatures above 70 for at least a month after that.

Are you ready for fall?

Words and photos © 2009-2012 Caroline Homer for "The Shovel-Ready Garden". Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.