Goodbye Summer

It’s still August but I’m learning just how short the growing season is in New Hampshire. Summer is fast shutting down. I don’t mean seeing preseason football on the telly or all those fall decorations I’m seeing in stores. It’s the plants and nature that are showing signs of ending their cycle of growth.

Our tomato plants look ratty but there are a few pink ones still hanging on. I’ve been picking the green tomatoes that are certain not to ripen. I’ve sliced, breaded, and fried them up in bacon fat as my southern roots dictate. If you’ve never tried this treat, you’d be surprised at how tasty it is. mister gardener, born and raised in Ohio, once turned his nose up at this delicacy but now can’t say not to this treat. I think we’ll be eating more as the month comes to a close.

fried green tomatoes

On a drive through Vermont last week, we noticed a few species of trees are beginning to show color. In our garden, our Little Lime hydrangea shrubs are entering the color phase of late summer and fall. The booms emerge green in the spring, turn white through the summer, and finally present a lovely blush of pink in the fall. It’s happening now and it’s beautiful.

Little Lime Hydrangea

The crickets, grasshoppers, katydids, and cicadas are sounding the calls of fall. It can get noisy out there this time of year. Spider webs are festooned across much of what grows in the garden… and with egg sacs full of little “Charlottes” ready to greet the world in the spring.

katydid

We’re seeing the birds begin to gather for their annual migration. Several of our male hummingbirds have already left. It seems early for migration but the number of males around the feeders are fewer.  We are keeping the nectar fresh for the females, the young, and those few that may wander through during migration. The nuisance around the nectar these days are the yellow jackets….. not a bee, but a pesky wasp that is drawn to sweets as the summer wanes.

yellow jacket

The sun is rising a little later and setting earlier these days bringing some refreshing cool nights. We’ve dragged out the down cover for those nights that drop into the  50’s.  I wish this time of the year lasted longer. It’s amazing to think the first frost in this part of the state can occur in less than an month!

garden gloves 2018

I love all the seasons but maybe not equally. I must admit I’ll be sad to put away my garden gloves for another long New England winter

 

 

17 thoughts on “Goodbye Summer

  1. From 5b in Maine I can echo all you’ve said. Sugar maples and Virginia creeper reddening, potted annuals in their last legs, morning glories gone but can’t bring myself to pull them up yet. I’m in denial and local gardeners who are thinning their spaces are aiding me. I know soon I’ll have to start putting things to bed but not today.

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    • I’m in denial, too. The only thing that shows any exuberance in the garden is the lawn. I’m mowing every other day! We are officially zone 6 but plant for 5b in Exeter. You never know what the winter will bring.

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  2. I was outside looking at my containers today and thinking about how close we are to putting all the things away that have to be stored. I know so many folks love fall, but it’s not my season. It always seems like a funeral for our dead gardens and then to add insult to injury we have to move leaves by the truck load. The leaf peepers love us this time of year, but they don’t have to rake all those beautiful red, orange, and yellow leaves. Happy Sunday. 🙂

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    • You do have a major fall leaf clearing from your large trees…. and your neighbor’s trees! I will be melancholy as the weather turns cold because I almost live outdoors all summer. Sniff…

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    • September is in five days. Don’t look out of the window until then. 😊 You’re the smart one to mulch your leaves… saves time and money and it’s good for the lawn.

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  3. We do not get many tomatoes to batter because almost all of them ripen here! They continue until frost in November, although some of the plants wear themselves out sooner. There was an early frost a few years ago, leaving a few unripe tomatoes in the beginning of November, but we just pickled them.

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