Six On Saturday — September 22

It’s the most bountiful time of the year!

Garden bloggers near and far post each Saturday to fill each other in on their garden’s progress. This was all started by The Propagator whose comment section holds links to gardens and their keepers worldwide.

ONEApples continue to ripen, and we’ve now picked many pounds (maybe a couple hundred?) from all four trees. Most become cider, sauce, and crisps, but we store plenty in cool spots like the basement and garage for fresh eating. This is the best year yet for our sweet/tart reddish apples, still unidentified. Oh so juicy. Their success is due in large part to my sister M.C.’s excellent thinning work when she visited in late June.



TWO – Not to be outdone by the apples, tomatoes are going gangbusters in the greenhouse. Uneven watering (mea culpa) led to some splitting, but the deliciousness of these heirlooms can’t be beat. All five varieties I grew this year continue to produce.



THREE – Growing near the tomatoes, our peppers have had a stellar year. One sweet pepper plant produced eight already, which may be a Coppertop record. Jalapeños are too numerous to count. I’ve been busy dicing and freezing for the months ahead.peppers


FOUR – We’re loving the abundant dahlias. I bring in blooms and also try to give away bouquets every other day to stay on top of things. Friday’s were particularly autumnal, but that’s because I didn’t venture down to the cutting beds that have the most pinks and purples.



FIVE – And autumnal is also the best word for this Northern Flicker feather I found on the deck. Such a beauty with that bright orange shaft. featherfeather2


SIX – For something completely unrelated, check out the glossy fruit and red stems on this large, graceful Aronia melanocarpa or Black Chokeberry. This shrub sits outside the garden shed, and it’s given us much beauty. I’m including a photo of its fall color from a previous October as we await this year’s show. These are now available in dwarf, mounding form as well. Great plant!


That’s it for today. I look forward to reading all the other Six on Saturday posts!


35 thoughts on “Six On Saturday — September 22

  1. If Aronia berries are so astringent, why not use a little to make gin? I tried in late August a gin of sloes with sugar and spices (cinnamon, anise, and 5 coffee beans) It will be ready in a month!
    But I don’t know if it’s possible with your berries that I didn’t know. (PS: nice apples and peppers!)

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  2. Oh, your apples do look good. Apple crisps sound good too. I have been making lots of apple and blackberry crumbles (not so good for the waist) as we have a blackberry in the garden. No apples though.


  3. The apples look delicious. You must be almost be self sufficient in fruit and veg for the winter months something which I can’t begin to imagine. Autumn seems to arrive so suddenly where you are (Our summer goes on well into Autumn).

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    • It is really great to have harvests stored away now. Today we picked another 50 pounds of apples and about 20 of pears. Our slide into autumn is gradual since we are on the coast. Our first frost won’t be until early November with some luck!

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    • The flickers enjoy our suet, so we get to admire their beauty for a while while they hang around pecking at it. Sorry to hear about your dahlias. We can’t have all successes within a year. Wouldn’t that be dull?


  4. your heritage tomatoes look glorious 🙂 I love the dahlia colours – mine sulked this year as I didn’t water enough when it was stonkingly hot in Manchester UK (and no rain for six weeks – unheard of). Im enjoying the autumn colour change here too… my neighbour’s have virginia creeper which made it onto my six this week. Love Bec 🙂

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    • Hi Bec! I’m on a road trip and eager to see how my Virginia Creeper changed while away. They’re dependably lovely. Dahlias do need water. I had fun picking the almost ombre blend of white, yellow, gold, peach, pink, blush tubers for a new long bed last year, and it’s really shining now.


    • Hello Mr. P! Yes, the dry weather didn’t help your harvests. Sad. I’ve noticed the location of our orchard at the bottom of our hill gives the trees a better chance during dry summers. See you tomorrow!


  5. Those dahlias are gorgeous. My first year w/6 types of peppers, sweet & hot. The hot exploded w/fruit, the sweet slowly came along, so now I know that’s the norm. Yours look really scrumptious! And that chokeberry foliage is beautiful.

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