Wednesday, September 1, 2010

What's New - September

September is here already(!) and the days are growing shorter.  My garden is always in best form this time of year.
The change of seasons is starting to show.  The Magnolia pods are opening to reveal their shiny red seeds, and fallen pods litter the ground.
The Beautyberry is showing its royal purple colors...
and Firespike is sending out its scarlet blooms.
Amazingly, several of my plants that I thought were frozen dead last winter have just started showing signs of life, eight months after our last freeze!  Dracaena massangeana, Ficus Alii, Erythrina herbacea, and a yellow Hibiscus have just pushed out their first growths in the past few weeks.  Just this morning I saw the first signs of life on an Aechmea chantinii that was planted in the ground.
I've planted tomatoes, beans, squash, and cucumbers for the fall garden.  The timing of the rains was perfect and they are up and growing in no time.
The late-summer to fall fruits are ready.  I'm picking lots of pineapples, starfruit, and limes right now.
As the main pineapple crop of the year matures, there is always another round of blooms that will produce fruit to ripen near the end of the year.
What's New is a monthly roundup of the miscellaneous tidbits going on in my garden.  It's also part of the Tuesday Garden Party hosted by An Oregon Cottage.


BernieH said...

How marvellous that some plants you thought you'd lost, have sprouted again. Just love that Beautyberry ... what a fabulous colour! That's a new one for me. Your pineapple looks delicious ... and that last shot is really terrific.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Beautyberries are such a wonderful color. Love that last picture.


Heather said...

Oh! I can't imagine the joy of picking a pineapple out of my garden! Too fun.

The flowers are looks lovely.

visiting from TGP

AaronVFT said...

I love the purple berries, so unique!

catharine Howard said...

Grower Jim I love your pink pineapple.

Jami @ An Oregon Cottage said...

Ahh, I've nursed a beautyberry for the past four years and it still looks like a little sad thing. It's given me a few of those incredible berries, though, so I keep trying. Maybe one day it will look as beautiful as yours!