Do you ever feel like there's some horrible thing just about to happen and if you could just control everything around you maybe you could keep it from happening? No? Well then you're not crazy like I am right now. I know it's anxiety, I know it's depression, but I just can't get rid of it! I wonder if bloggers experience a higher percentage of depression than the general population or if we're just more open about sharing our mental state? It seems like every few days I'm reading a favorite blog and finding another depressed person.
In an effort to shake it off I went outside at lunch time and snapped a few photos. I was trying to wait to post again until the mystery plant bloomed so I could confirm that it was a cosmos (also my guess). In answer to other questions -- I used 2 different kinds of wildflower seed in this area in the spring, but one was a cheapo from W-Mart and it doesn't really identify which specific flowers I should be seeing. Yes, it is more fun to rake leaves in the warm weather, but still mostly green trees and not too much on the ground. It could be an aster, but apparently this plant needs more than an hour of sunshine a day to be coaxed into flowering:
It's so close though and I'm see yellow petals I think. I can hardly wait!
The weather man says that we had a frost on Monday morning (that's 10/29/07 for next year when I'm trying to remember). However, my non-morning-person butt isn't out of bed before 8am, so I have no idea if we did or not. I thought the impatiens would be toast if we had a frost, so maybe we were a little bit warmer just a mile from the water? Because the impatiens look great:
The vegetable garden is a little straggly (I'll post in more detail another time). I give you this photo so you can see the 3-car garage our neighbor a yard away is building at what may be the slowest rate ever! Can you tell this is only 75 feet from my bedroom window and the pneumatic nail gun starts before 8am? They started excavating for this project over a month ago. I shouted over today for an ETA on completion and got 3 more weeks - OMG I am never going to make it! Maybe that's part of why I'm so cranky.
Here it is October 31st -- Halloween in the U.S. -- but my veggie garden isn't following the same calendar. Beans are blooming:
As are the bell peppers:
Tomatoes are ripening:
Along with actually doing a garden clean-up -- when we finally get a killing frost -- I'm going to be spending some time this fall figuring out what I want to do in this space next year:
This area is between the big shed and the fence and it doesn't get a ton of sun, but about the same as the bastard garden which is just behind the shed, and the cherry tomato grew quite well in there. I think it would be a great place to try zucchini next year, so I'm going to ask VPH to clear it out and then I think I'll spread newspapers and cardboard out over it for the winter. It can't be that hard to grow vegetables in the ground -- right?