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A Harvest of Diversity

Autumn means many different things, but to us it's NUTS! Specifically, hazel nuts from our orchards,

and peanuts from our fields.

But who can forget that lush pumpkin pie we had for Thanksgiving,

and all the yummy dishes to come from our many different squashes and pumpkins.

While adequate and proper storage of our bounty becomes a challenge inside (cool, dry, dark, rodent-proof), unusual things are happening outside.

The main vegetable garden is still incredibly lush and productive. We've removed only those plants that were spent at harvest time (potatoes, onions, soybeans, etc.). Others are still growing and blooming as though they know something about this changing climate that we only suspect.

The amaranth are becoming "trees" and the Cape Gooseberry plants (Physalis peruviana in the foreground) are pushing 2 meters in height.

Grapes are loaded... are the arguta kiwi vines...

...and the Sea Buckthorn (Hippophea rhamnoides).

But what is most surprising is the second crop of beans on plants that have already produced abundant dried beans. We're looking forward to a feast of "shellies" in late October or early November, depending on the weather!

Gardening is always full of surprises. And these are most interesting times in the gardens.

The (mostly) ornamental gardens continue to be a joy, both the shade areas,

and the sun-filled areas; gardens which morph with the shifting daylight. Happy autumn!

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