Fall

The calendar tells us fall has arrived. I could have told everyone that by the 42°F reading when I make coffee in the morning or the chili that was in the crockpot yesterday. 🙂

We received 3″ of rain last week, and it was certainly appreciated. We’re still in drought status, but every drop helps.

I’ve been working outside every morning. Fall chores are not like spring ones when you’re anticipating the new summer season. These chores are cleanup and put away because the snow is going to fly.

It’s also been pretty much a sprint to finish them because we have a new septic system and field going in. If you haven’t done that, it is quite an experience.

There is always a star during certain times, and in the fall the Autumn Joy Sedum shines brightly.

I still have dahlias and zinnias blooming in one tank, but most everything else is done for the season. I have packed away most of the canna bulbs and moved everything that needed a new home.

I went on a field trip this past weekend. One of the more interesting aspects was winter sowing of seeds. If you have any interest in that, let me know, and I’ll pass along what I learned.

This morning, I’m headed out to do fall clean up at a small MG project. It will be my last visit because I’m handing that project off. There comes a time when you’ve been there, done that, and it’s time for something new.

I do a little sewing each afternoon, and I just finished this wall hanging for my sister-in-law’s birthday.

Now, on to a new project.

I’m always reading and Craig Johnson’s latest Longmire book, “Hell and Back,” was a huge disappointment to the point I didn’t finish it. I guess if you don’t mind some of the characters being in 2022 and others being in the 1800’s and them trying to find each other, you might like it.

Faye Kellerman’s most recent book, “The Hunt,” should have had two ratings. ‘G’ for the Decker portion and ‘X’ for the the Donatti section. I’m pretty open minded, but portions of this was downright degrading.

These are just my humble opinions because Goodreads is giving “Hell and Back” a 4.09 and “The Hunt” a 3.87 rating.

Hope you are having good fall weather, feeling well, have a good book and project, and have a great week!

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68 Responses to Fall

  1. An interesting roundup of fall chores, Judy. We have barely started ours, and we should know better! Winter seeding sounds interesting, so do tell. I hope you are doing well. That’s a beautiful present you’ve made.

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    • Winter seeding is an interesting process especially up here in the Northeast where the ground freezes.

      This gardener buys native seeds from Prairie Moon Nursery and only those in ‘Class C’ which require cold stratification. She then uses one of two methods. A large gallon plastic milk/water bottle can be cut at about the half way mark about ¾ of the way around the bottle. Tip the top over, put organic potting soil in the bottom after making drainage holes. Put the entire packet of seeds in there. I know that goes against what most of us do, but she says it works fine. Cover with soil, lay the top back over, tape it closed with duct tape, be sure the cap is off, set it on the north side of your house, and let it rest through the winter. Sprouts will start showing in spring.

      She starts a ‘lot’ of plants so she uses 4” pots. She puts the potting soil in, a packet of seeds, covers with potting soil, and then adds a little sand on top to weigh it down. Then she has a frame with hardware cloth on it and sets them all in there. She has a second frame with hardware cloth which she flips over and uses as a top so that critters cannot get to the seeds. She also sets these frames on the north side of the house.

      She starts her seeds about the middle of December. I’m going to try a few water jugs and see how it goes. I have pictures if that would help. 🙂

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  2. Murphy’s Law says:

    Your fall flower display is really beautiful. Your sister-in-law is going to love her new wall hanging! Who wouldn’t!

    Preparing a garden the size of yours for its winter layover has to be a monumental task. I know you love working in your garden, but your body must be pretty annoyed with you for not letting it retire.

    I’m finding authors I’ve been reading for years and love are putting out disappointing books lately. I get that every novel won’t be a winner, but some of what’s getting published boggles my mind. Sigh…..

    Glad you’re slowing down on the MG projects. Hopefully some “new blood” will join your group and take over some of these projects.

    Good to hear your area finally got some rain. The weather this summer has put us all to the test. I’m pretty sure I failed!

    Wishing you a great week and an equally great fall season.
    Ginger

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    • I will readily admit, I’m ready for a break. It’s not that I’m getting older, it’s just that these tasks take more time and cause my back to hurt. LOL I don’t believe I’ve ever gotten two books from authors I really like that I was really disappointed in. Thank goodness I don’t pay for books and could just drop them back in the library return box. Oh my, but we really appreciated that rain. I worked three hours on that MG project this morning, and will be really glad to hand that off.

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  3. Forty two degrees! That seems so early for September. Definitely an end to summer for sure. It’s sad to hear that you’ve ceased gardening activities, but that’s the way the calendar works. Love your fall flowers, though. – Marty

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  4. Lucky sister-in-law! Such a pretty wall hanging. I haven’t begun my fall chores yet. Will do so after I have finished with the editing for Book Four. Getting there!

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  5. Ally Bean says:

    Fall flower colors are ones that appeal to me. Autumn Joy Sedum is especially lovely, but I won’t turn my nose up at mums. Over the weekend our temps dropped, as have a few leaves, and I’m beginning to get into the spirit of fall.

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  6. Sheree says:

    Haven’t started our fall chores yet or given any thought to Xmas.

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  7. The rain really has been a relief! More this week too, and I’ll not complain!
    I’m behind! just getting my mums in today!

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  8. Somehow fall cleanup isn’t nearly as exciting as getting everything up and running in the spring. Today we are having the neighbor’s over for dinner so I left all the summer flowers up. Tomorrow I’ll start to cut back and winterize. I like to hold off but I also don’t like to do it when it’s freezing cold outside.

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  9. March Picker says:

    You’ve been busy and productive, Judy! It does feel good to have the garden set for fall, while I’m nowhere near there. Much better than being caught unawares. I can appreciate your book reviews, although those selections aren’t in my book stack. I will put a book down if it doesn’t deserve additional time. There are too many great books to read!

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  10. Nancy says:

    I am glad you have gotten some much needed rain. I hear ya on fall chores. I was planning on doing some but we have had nothing but rain. If it clears up… I’ll be out there deadheading. All my potted plants are still blooming except for two so I hate to do anything with them at the moment. We have not had a frost … Yet!
    Winter seeding… I’m interested. I do collect some here and there but always willing to learn more.
    Your wall hanging is beautiful! And when I get back to AZ I plan on more sewing projects.
    I’m glad you are giving up some MG projects. Some new people can handle the chores.
    You always motivate me in my gardening and sewing ways! Thank you!
    Happy Monday to you!

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  11. Jaime Haney says:

    Up until a few days ago, I’ve been holding on to summer but after these cooler temps here in Indiana too, I’ve had to relent. Whoever was in charge of flipping the switch for fall did it proper. Lovely wall hanging. I’d love to hear more about the winter sowing as well, maybe a quick blog post? Thanks for the offer Judy.

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    • I couldn’t push summer as long as I usually do because of the contractors, but with the low 40’s in the morning, fall is definitely here. If you scroll up in the comments to Cynthia, I put the detailed description of the winter sowing. If you want more info or photos, just let me know, and I’ll be glad to share.

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  12. Judy, you have been busy as always. Reading about all you do wears me out! I love your wall hanging. I was sad to hear you didn’t like the new Longmire book. I’ve been looking forward to when it comes out. I’m about halfway through James Michener’s “Alaska” – about 500 more pages to go before I’m ready for another book.

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    • I felt guilty saying I didn’t like a Longmire book. 🙂 I guess one would call the writing mystical. Walt was in the 1800’s and Vic and Henry were in 2022 trying to find him. Craig Johnson was trying to make a point about the atrocities associated with schools Native Americans were sent to. I get that, appreciate it, but the story just wore me out. Based on the reviews, I’m certainly in the minority. Bless you for reading a book that long and enjoying every page I’m sure.

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  13. Oddment says:

    That wall hanging is a beauty, but then, as you know, your sewing talents always amaze me. That little bit of your garden seems so happy, blooming away, that it’s hard to picture it as a last act of the year. We do have to be on our toes, though, when it comes to the garden because winter can sneak up on us. Well, at least it sneaks up on me. We are suddenly cool here too, and I feel snuck up on. As for reading, my mind is so in pieces these days that I’m re-reading snatches of things here and there — like a few pages of Mark Twain, a few pages of Karen Armstrong, some things I have liked, but I have no attention span these days, so snatches are my limit. I give daily thanks for good coffee, but especially on these cool mornings — nothing like it!

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    • I’ve been out there in winter coat and gloves trying to deadhead so at this point in life, I try to avoid that if I can. This year I was spurred on by the contractors arriving any day. One can never go wrong with Mark Twain and his take on life. I truly enjoy a good book, but I guess I don’t have the patience for one that is trying to send me a message with a heavy mystical interpretation. Kellerman’s book should have had a warning on it for the sludge it contained. Bless my local library, because I thoroughly appreciate being able to drop those books back off and know I didn’t have to pay for them. I just finished my coffee, and I can’t imagine starting a day without it. 🙂

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  14. I am looking forward to what passes for fall around here. Unfortunately, it will have to wait a bit as we are still experiencing high temps. I wanted to put up our Halloween/fall decorations, but it just doesn’t seem right.

    I’m sorry you were disappointed in your books. I’ve read a few good ones lately, including Harlem Shuffle and The Sentence.

    Your wall hanging is lovely… lucky sister-in-law!

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  15. Joyce says:

    Your sister in law is going to love her wall hanging! I’ve been working on a queen size blue log cabin for a grandson. Hope to have one quilt done for each of ten grands before I die! At the rate I go, I need to live to 134 to finish them all!
    We flipped the switch here last Wednesday from hot and humid to briskly cool. Lots of rain lately, in fact pouring down right now. With no reason to go anywhere today and most things in order for the upcoming 6 grandkid Halloween weekend workshop, it’s really nice. I sense the same kind of peace in your life, too!

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    • 10 quilts – now, there’s a goal! You go, lady, and I have no doubt you will finish them. A Halloween weekend workshop sounds like a blast. It sounds like you are all set to snuggle in for the fall and winter with plenty of things to keep you busy. Take care and stay well.

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  16. Fall: time for to starting looking at the book about what to plant in Arizona when and also time for temperatures to (in a few days) drop into the 90’s for highs and 70’s for lows. 🙂 However, I’m planning a trip back to Illinois in late October-early November and I’m excited to be able to bring my cold weather clothes along out of storage. 🙂

    I love your Christmas hanging!! I would have that up at Christmas. As for the books, I tend to agree. I wasn’t thrilled with “Hell and Back” to say the least. He’s gotten a little “woo-woo” in the latest books prior to this one but this one was really over the top as far as I’m concerned. My disappointment with “The Hunt” was partly what you mentioned and partly the idea, reinforced by what I’ve read that Kellerman has said, that she’s probably ending the series which I have for the most part enjoyed over the many years she’s been writing it.

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    • “Woo-woo” is perfect! I get as an author he wants to make a statement, but make it and move on with the story. I felt like I was plodding through mud, and I just decided it wasn’t worth it. I was so excited about “The Hunt” because it was touted as the last Decker book. The Decker part was okay, but the other party was down right pornographic in areas. A little sex can spice up a book, but I just thought it was way too much for half the Decker book to be devoted to sadism. I finished that book because of Decker but I sure used some hand sanitizer when I was done reading it.

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  17. Eliza Waters says:

    The colors are just beginning here though the cool nights of last week are bound to ratchet things up. Hard to believe the summer is over… time sure flies these days! The finches are enjoying the sunflower and zinnia seeds, so I’m letting them go until they are finished with them. I agree, fall chores aren’t as thrilling as the spring ones. Have a good week ahead!

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  18. I’m exhausted reading all you’ve done in the garden! I’ve got a couple more weeks before I cover everything and put the cushions away for the season. The colors are beginning to change here and the mornings are in the low 40’s now too.

    Your wall hanging is just wonderful!! I love the Cardinal.

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  19. Dan Antion says:

    Fall chores always bring that ‘running out of time feeling’ with them, but at least it’s nice to start work with a flannel shirt on. I’ll probably never practice what you do, but I always enjoy the posts about what you’ve learned and discovered.

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  20. Your newest wall hanging is lovely, Judy – happy birthday to your SIL. 🙂 I was in my garden this morning looking at all the weeds. Oh dear, I’ll need to devote some time every day to cleaning them out. The price we pay for going away on holidays. 😦

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  21. germac4 says:

    I love the way you pack up everything during Fall, you are so energetic, and at least that way winter has to be a time to slow down completely. I think we spend more time inside in summer, if we get a really hot summer.
    I love Autumn Joy sedum, we have one too, and it is a joy!
    Your wall hanging is very pretty and what a lucky sister-in-law!

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    • I know the current theory is to leave the garden until spring, but when it is covered in snow for a couple of months, the mess to clean up in the spring is ugly business. I have divided Autumn Joy for years, and I have some beautiful clumps around the entire garden, and this time of year, they get to show off their beauty and stamina. The drought certainly doesn’t affect them.

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  22. My walks in the morning with the dogs has been very brisk the last two weeks. I much prefer it over sweating first thing in the morning though. I love fall and I am ready for it!

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  23. Judy, I am always intrigued by your seasonal preparations. One day you’ll write a novel – life of a gardener and I’ll hang on every word. Mix in few life lessons and it will be a best seller. Your sewing project reminded me that I need to get busy.

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  24. Eilene Lyon says:

    Your sedums are stunning. Mine are just stunted.😆 I need to get started on moving some plants myself. Maybe they’ll be happier next year.

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    • My sedums are the only things that weren’t stunted from the summer drought. 🙂 I moved so many plants this fall I lost track. I’ve never lost as many plants as I did this summer with the heat, wind, humidity, and drought. I even planted some specimen trees to provide a little shade and interest. Fingers crossed that works.

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  25. Glad you got some rain during the drought you’re experiencing! It’s in the low 40’s here as well (Tennessee, US), and it’s delightful. May the fall season bring you wonderful things ✨

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  26. pbmgarden says:

    Judy, your fall prep will have big payoff. I’m finding a lot of book I start just don’t hold my attention lately, but hope to find more reading time this winter. The Christmas hanging is lovely. I hope you’ll enjoy moving on to new projects as you pass off the one. Best, Susie

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    • I read a lot in between doing things. I guess I have developed a lack of patience for a story that isn’t up to expectation. 🙂 I dug up seven huge hosta plantings today and redid the area with shrubs and a couple of perennials that do not require any maintenance. Each year, I try to cut back the maintenance of perennials and put in a few more shrubs. My garden beds are about 16 years old which means I’m 16 years older than when I put them in. 🙂 Less maintenance and more viewing isn’t a bad thing. 🙂

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  27. Oi! Septic! May it go well!

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  28. Tina Schell says:

    Oh my Judy, this is a reminder of why I moved south! Nothing made me sadder than the end of fall and the coming of winter. I loved the first snowfall and hated all the ones that came after. I missed the light and warmth of spring and summer and couldn’t tolerate the cold. I admire those who, like you, thrive in the multiple climates that the northeast offers. My husband is Bostonian and hates the heat at the height of southern summers but hates it a bit less than I hate the cold of the northern winters LOL. Isn’t it interesting that here in the US we can find temps that suit any and all of us?! Here’s to the hearty New Englanders who show us how to thrive despite the extremes – including you!!

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    • I think the cold, snow, and dark days, get to even loyal New Englanders, and that is why there are ‘snowbirds.’ We didn’t go south in 2021, and the cold and the snow were one thing, but the day after day of gray skies is tough along with the inability to be outside at all. Weather these days sure isn’t perfect anywhere so we all come up with solutions like heading south when we can. 🙂

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  29. Fall chores and chili! Sounds good!

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