Late summertime

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Hill Country

“the air is different today
the wind sings with a new tone
sighing of changes
coming
the harvest gathered
a flower, a nut
some mead, and bread
a candle and a prayer
returning the fruits
in thanksgiving
to the grove
and receiving
it’s blessing
again”
- Rhawk, Alban Elfed

Gradually since the end of August we’ve been cooling off a degree or two from the day before. At first it was so subtle we hadn’t really noticed much of a change at all – we started doing Stand Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, at the start of the month and have been in or on the water nearly every day since. But the water is cooling a little, going from a 83-85 to dipping a bit into the high 70s, toss in a cool rainstorm and the sensation is invigorating!

Rain has returned to Austin this month!

I’ve been raising seedlings just for this time of year! One of the reasons we came across the country was to extend our time outdoors and I can’t tell you how excited I was during last March’s snowstorm knowing I’d be putting in a Fall Garden this year. We have a gorgeous balcony with a variety of happy birds, squirrels, and curious bugs that come to visit. Our cats are enjoying Cat Television on a daily basis now that it is cool enough to keep the slider open for several hours a day.

20130914_083929We’ve gone through 3 cups of birdseed in the two weeks! Grammy would be so proud of us feeding feathered friends. :-)

20130914_083639I ran an errand in South Austin and stumbled upon Treehouse, the most magical of places! A girlfriend from Salem had shared their link with me before we moved but I hadn’t ventured out to that area of town yet so this was a pleasant surprise to spot it after my errand. I picked up these terra cotta plant nannies and a couple of herbs:

Watering Spikes

Watering Spikes

They’re the cutest little things! We finished a bottle of Truro Vineyards wine recently so I set it up to self-water the thirsty Bougainvillea. I have a pack of four and will distribute the others as soon as I have more wine bottles.

Bougainvillea and her new Plant Nanny

Bougainvillea and her new Plant Nanny

Close up of the bottle and water spike

Close up of the bottle and water spike

Elsewhere in the garden, I’ve added an herb wall:

L to R: Oregano, Spearmint, Chives, Dill

L to R: Oregano, Spearmint, Chives, Dill

And the SIP box is growing two tomato plants (grape and heirloom striped), a poblano pepper plant, new salad green seedlings, peppermint, spearmint, lavender and an experimental carrot.

20130922_170158Another view:

20130922_170218Cool nights = happy plants. They’re growing like mad!