Season Favorites

About four inches of snow fell overnight; a reminder that Fall wanes as the holidays approach. Just thinking about a few moments of the past season.

The half on/half off leaves of our Japanese maple was a marker for yesterday. A year ago, an early Fall cold event caused the leaves to turn from green to brown and stay on the tree for months. Cycle is more complete this year.

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Container plants were prominent in the yard this season. We enjoyed several pots of these sunflowers that were about 2 feet tall at maturity. Seeds were started indoors and blooms came in late June, much earlier that traditional tall sunflowers.

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Ground cherries, an annual that produces fruit from direct seed planting outdoors in this region, is a small long-term commitment to achieve fruit. The gangly, tomato – like plant had a spot in the back of the herb garden.

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Ripe fruit falls off the plant and the round yellow sweet is inside the husk. Some grocery stores offer these fruits in season.

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Vegetable garden produced well, considering its late start in early June. Green beans and eggplant were prolific. Tomatoes ripened late but colors and tastes made the wait worthwhile; purple shoulders and yellow orange ones for example.

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Search for more early fall blooming plants for this region continues. That’s when butterflies are most abundant here. Agastache are gangly in appearance but pollinators love them.

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Nasturtium, direct seeded into containers in July, were ready for display in September when leaf-chewing insects were less dominant. They produced flowers up to first frost in early October. With any hold-over plants now indoors, most outdoor plants are becoming dormant on the Northern Plains.

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We hope you’ll visit Plant Exchange Blog next week. Thanks for “Likes” you send our way. Thanks also to loyal “Followers” who seldom miss a visit.

 

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