October 22nd, 2008

October in Texas

LeslieHSo sorry to hear the rest of you talking about frosts these days! We’re still in the balmy 80’s here in the Lone Star State. Our first frost usually doesn’t make an appearance until late November.
My fall tomatoes are beginning to ripen now and fall blooming perennials and annuals are strutting their stuff. Chrysanthemums, asters, fall marigolds and crotons adorn Dallas Gardens at the moment. Roses put on a bounty of fall blooms as well as salvias and Mexican petunias. The hyacinth bean vine is fruiting nicely. While grown mostly as an ornamental annual vine here, the pods are edible and make a lovely addition to a nice salad. My white rainlilies have been blooming gangbusters lately and have been a lovely companion to purple angelonia. My blue sky vine (Thunbergia grandiflora) is coming into it’s fall glory as of late. This plant definitely stops traffic when in bloom!  Pansies, violas and Iceland poppies have just made their way into the garden centers here. Soon it will be time to plan my winter/spring color display.

We might actually get some rain today, which bodes well for the tiny lettuce, broccoli, pak choi, and other cool season veggie seedlings in the garden. I’m still harvesting black-eyed peas from the garden as well as huge radishes and more hot peppers than I’ll ever be able to consume. Collard greens are beginning to take over…have to figure out how to get my husband to eat those…The English, snap pea  and fava bean seedlings are about 18″ tall now and just now starting to put on flowers.  I’m hoping they’ll gave a growth spurt here soon. The cole crops set out by transplant about six weeks ago are trucking along nicely. I imagine I’ll have some broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and more to harvest in a matter of weeks. Can’t wait for fresh lettuce from the garden again.

Fall is such a great time in the Texas garden. There’s more than I have time to update you on, but I’ll do my best to keep you posted!

Comments

    Leslie–your garden is Gorgeous! I love the photos, especially the shot with your butterfly. Thanks for sharing the color. It’s colder and windy here today, so it’s a treat.

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