View from the deck on a glorious morning in early June.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Farewell to summer. (written early September)

Hallelujah, it has rained! It is also much cooler, quite a shockafter months of living without so much as a sweater. For much of the last months the thermometer on the deck looked like this, in the shade. For the first time in 72 years I was tired of summer before its end. 
I love heat up to the low thirties. Beyond 34C all I can do is sit in the shade and sweat. 

Nature is tired as well. The lawn is littered with ugly dead leaves that fell from the drought-stressed trees in August, without turning pretty colours first. The bracken is turning. Geese started gathering in the field below in mid August. Since spring everything has been almost a month head of normal, and that seems to go for the coming of fall as well. The last week of August was the worst. The air was choked with the smell and taste of smoke from the many wild fires in B.C. and just across the border in Washington state.

We could barely see across the field to our friendly Box Mountain, the one we see from our living room.
Saddle Mountain across the lake, our view in the other direction, was completely invisible. The sun was a red ball in the sky one could look at without hurting the eyes. People in Midway near the border reported not being able to see across the street. We all counted our blessings at being spared fires in the immediate area. The rain was welcomed but the dip in temperatures is still a shock.
The same view after the rain. Note the bedraggled state of the lawn which has spread to everything in the flower gardens. I barely did more than harvesting and preserving for two whole weeks. The air quality was such that people were admonished to avoid exertion. It doesn't take much for a pleasant yard to start looking like a sad mess. To make things worse the rain washed off the Bobbex deer repellent. Late blooming perennials got deered earlier in the season.
 By now I depend on annuals in containers for colour.

The geraniums which are my pride and joy were much enjoyed by the white tailed rats. I could spruce things up by mowing the lawn and doling out some badly needed TLC to the flowers in containers, but there are only so many hours in the day. The mornings are now unpleasantly cold and the days so much shorter. 
It takes me longer to get my butt out there. Once I am going I don't want to stop.

Garden priority went to shifting gears in the food garden, from favouring the heat lovers to planting some hardy things for the fall garden. 

That's all she wrote in early September. I guess I was planning to add more, never got around to it and it sat in draft. Typical. Now I wish I had hit publish before the previous one. Oh well. Record keeping is not my strong point.


  1. Nothing like rainfall, those are lovely photos. Greetings!

  2. I like that long planting bov! You will have fun adding lots of compost and other soil-building stuff to make the greatest growing mix I am - "soon" - going to build up my long garden beds, which have already decomposed many cubic yards of cardboard boxes, lawn clippings, assorted stuff like dolomitic lime, and more, but they still end up looking like wide speed bumps. Very fertile speed bumps, though!

  3. My beds have been nourished for years but the sandy soil just gulps it all and wants more. On the other hand, it is easy to work with. I make Steve Solomon's Complete Organic Fertilizer for moraine soils and that seems to work well.

  4. Hello---just popping in , catching up on posts.
    It was a terrible summer for wildlfires this year--I'm glad you've gotten the relief from them.. I'm so behind on blogs--at this point you must be hunkered in. I know our weather has switched dramatically-we're at that "schizo" point--snow yesterday, 50 today.

    1. Thanks for visiting, I feel honoured by your presence. Your blog is an inspiration!


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