Fall Foliage – Something that is Orange

Each fall, when the vegetables have been harvested, I swear I am NEVER going to plant another garden – too much work! Early each spring, when I dig the compost in, I say “I am going to plant the whole thing in poppies and never plant another vegetable seed.” Late each spring, well past when the job should have been done, I dig deep holes and plant a few of last fall’s potatoes which have sprouted in the box in the cold room. Then, realizing I have some carrot and romaine seeds left over from last year, I plant those too. A few packets of beets or peas will have been donated by family. Their gardens are too small to use all the seeds they buy. Before I know it, the garden I swore never to plant again, is planted.

28-carrotsWhat’s Up Doc?
The past few days I have been harvesting the garden. Bugs Bunny would be happy – the Carrot crop is good. They smell so wonderful when they are just pulled from the ground! I eat a few right away (after a quick rinse with the garden hose.) The Car Guy, and his dad, simply rub the dirt off with their shirt sleeve.


Things I Didn’t Plant
Right next to the garden are Cotoneaster bushes that have sprouted from the berries that the birds pooped out. The leaves are more red than orange and lend quite a dash of color in amongst the aspen, willow and spruce forest.


For truly magnificent fall leaves, though, we head out to the cabin. The trees that line the roads are majestic old poplars that drop enough leaves to blanket the whole resort. This results in a flurry of activity on the part of the people who prefer to keep their grassy areas leaf free. They spend weeks blowing and raking the leaves into piles, then bagging them. I prefer to leave the leaves where they lie – let nature do the work.

Who, in the rainbow, can draw the line where the violet tint ends and the orange tint begins? Distinctly we see the difference of the colors, but where exactly does the one first blendingly enter into the other? So with sanity and insanity.
– Herman Melville –

Now it is your turn – What is on your list of things you do every year, even though you say you aren’t ever going to do them again?

19 thoughts on “Fall Foliage – Something that is Orange

  1. Pretty photos! The butterfly is my favourite, of course. 🙂

    Every December I promise myself to keep the Christmas food shopping within reasonable limits. In a country where shops are either closed or shopping is a comepetitive sport between Dec 21 and Jan 7, Christmas food is a bit of a logistic challenge. Well. Last year I ate the last Christmas treats in February, which was a lot better than Easter used to be.


    1. Hi Sanetes – It is really hard to pare Christmas down to something sane! But I sure wouldn’t mind if I had so many Christmas goodies that I was still eating them out of the freezer at Easter!


    1. Hi Mags – I’ve steamed carrots for supper three nights in a row. They are so good and sweet right now that it is just like eating candy.


  2. I do all kinds of labor-intensive planting and nothing comes up but poison ivy and other weeds. Some people truly do have green thumbs, while some of us thank God for grocery stores.


    1. Hi Peg – I’ve never seen poison ivy here, fortunately. We have nettles – another one of those plants that can be very painful to the touch, yet can be eaten if prepared right!

      The biggest reason I would not be too upset if I didn’t have a vegetable garden is that the local Farmers Markets are such good sources of fresh produce.


  3. Gardening tends to snowball once you break the ground. I think it’s fun and relaxing though. You have a beautiful harvest of carrots. Well done. Your orange spying is gorgeous. Love that butterfly. 🙂


    1. Hi EC – You are right about how a garden can snowball. I just wish we had a longer growing season so that we could enjoy the tender produce longer.


  4. My favorites are the Cotoneaster photo and the moth photo. I planted willow leaf Cotoneaster all along one of my fence lines, specifically because it provides berries for the birds.

    I say every year that this is my last year when it comes to canning, then when the next year arrives I can’t stop myself. lol 😀


    1. Hi timethief – I’ve never heard of willow leaf cotoneaster, so I looked it up. It grows in zones 6,7, and 8 and I’m zone 3. No wonder I’ve never seen it around here!

      We used to can carrots, dill pickles and things like that. I also used to make raspberry jam. Now I mostly use cold storage methods where I can, and freeze what can be frozen – not quite so labour intensive.


    1. Hi Ruth – Yes, we will be eating carrots all winter… and potatoes, and spaghetti squash. Some things grew better than others this year!


  5. On my list of things to do. Not a darn thing. Now, ain’t that sad. Except for maybe going annual flower shopping, and potting which is something I say I will never do again.
    Keep those photos coming. They are beautiful and make me somewhat homesick.


    1. Hi Joy – I remember homesick. When I got that way I would go to Jarir Bookstore (it wasn’t built until a year or so after we arrived.) When I walked in the door and saw the craft supplies, and books written in English, I was immediately transported back to North America!


  6. Those carrots look yummy. I love fresh garden carrots! The other pictures are just as yummy.

    What do I do that I say I’ll never do? Buy candy for Halloween. I want to give out boxes of raisins or something nutritious, but I’m afraid the little goblins will egg or toilet paper my house in retaliation! 😉


    1. Hi Lorna – Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, we never get trick or treaters out our way. But when we used to buy candy, I only bought things I liked… just in case there were leftovers, of course.


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