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Fall in My Garden

October 25, 2020

If spring can spring, does that mean fall can fall? If so, it has fallen in the Maritimes.

Yesterday was a beautiful day in my Nova Scotia garden. While temperatures reached 13 degrees Celsius, grey clouds consumed the sky, a thin veil of fog perched in the distance and a slow mist fell throughout the day, there was no wind. I worked outside all day in shorts and a light sweater.

Here are a few photos of my garden that captured the season.

Red Berries

High Bush Cranberry

I planted this bush several years ago because I love cranberries, and I wanted the ability to pick some from my yard. However, these berries taste nothing like the low-growing cranberries that grow in Nova Scotia. The berries taste horrible. I’ve tasted them before the frost, after the frost and after may frosts, but they still taste horrible. However, the birds enjoy them in winter.

Ninebark

This shrub has been growing in my garden for more than two decades. Last winter, I cut it back hard because it had grown lanky and wild. This summer, if filled out better than the first few years of it living in my garden.

Hosta

This hostas has been in my garden for more than ten years. I’ve cut off a few roots from the edges to spread it to other parts of the garden, and it doesn’t miss a beat. What I love about hostas is I can ignore them for years, and they still thrive.

Horse Chestnuts

One of the only trees on this property when we moved in 24 years ago was a horse chestnut. Every year, the ground around the tree fills up with these gorgeous nuts.

Pansies

My pansies are still blooming. I love this happy little flower. It’s tough and will survive in -5 degree Celsius. In fact, it prefers temperatures between 0 and 15. It’s truly Canadian.

Oak

This is the great oak with leaves starting to turn yellow. The leaves on this tree are the last to turn and the last to fall. They hang on all winter and fall in mid-spring. It’s also the last to leaf out, so each year, I’m asked by those who don’t know, “Is that tree dead?” Nope, just taking it’s time.

The Great Oak

We moved on to this property in October. There were eight trees on it, so I was eager to add more. I attended the Remembrance ceremony that November with my sister and her boys. Afterwards, we took a walk down her road and into the old horse trail at the end of it. She said the land was slated for development in the spring, that her road would be extended and the subdivision enlarged. All the trees and what we saw there would be gone.

We came upon an oak sapling, just a twig really at four feet tall. She wanted to dig it up, move it to her property to save it and add to her garden. With hands, rocks and sticks, we dug up what we could of the root ball. When we came upon another oak tree the same size, we dug up that one, too. For my garden.

Later that day, I planted the sapling in my garden in honour of my father, a Second World War veteran, who had served with the West Nova Scotia Regiment. The oak tree is a symbol of strength and used in certain emblems of the Canadian military.

That tree is now about forty feet tall. It provides shade for me and which ever animal wanders beneath it. Song birds perch high in its branches and sometimes they build nests. It provides colour and a place to hang a windchime.

Lettuce

My lettuce bolted in the heat of July, and I left a few to go to seed. While I gathered many seeds, some fell to the ground, took root and now I have self-seeded lettuce plants growing. I should be able to harvest leaves for a salad in a few weeks.

Thistle

This brilliant little flower caught my eye while walking through the garden. Thistle is the symbol for Scotland, and so it’s no surprise it appears on New Scotland’s Coat of Arms. Because of this, I named my first ram Thistle.

Pumpkins

These were grown in my garden this summer from seed harvested from pumpkins last fall. The orange one, probably about ten pounds, was my biggest pumpkin. I’ll save the seeds again and feed the pumpkins to the chickens, who love them.

Herb Planter

I’ve been harvesting from this planter all summer, and it’s still growing. The summer savory succumbed to frost, but the thyme, parsley and sage live on.

Parsley

Speaking of herbs, this curly-leaf parsley is still thriving. I’ve harvested many branches over the summer, and by the looks of things, I’ll get another harvest before cold temperatures kill it.

Apple Tree

This is the apple tree that stands guard and provides shade for our mailbox. It had no flowers this year — the first time ever. That mean no delicious, tart apples to enjoy this fall. This image captured the damp, dreary, foggy day.

Turtle

This turtle stands guard over the garden. I haven’t learned his name yet, but I’m sure time will reveal it. I’m told my spirit animal is the turtle, and they have appeared in my life many times.

There you have it. An October Saturday in a Nova Scotia garden captured with images and story. Today, a cold wind blows from the north. It means I’ll trade my shorts for pants because the cold wind will make 7 degrees feel more like 3 degrees.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2020 12:38 pm

    A wonderful garden. I love the oak tree story.

    • October 25, 2020 2:15 pm

      Thanks, Darlene. I just came in from the garden for a quick snack. It’s not as nice as it was yesterday, but the sun is shining through the breaks in the clouds.

  2. October 25, 2020 12:55 pm

    Beautiful pics and text!

    • October 25, 2020 2:16 pm

      Thanks, Cathy. Yesterdays mist, cloud and fog were perfect for picture taking.

  3. October 27, 2020 1:50 pm

    I really like how you have set up this post, Diane. Beautiful and great layout. 🙂

    Re: Block Editor and Spacing – more than one way to organize layout and I am very new at this: “Choose a block”

    Browse “all” scroll and find

    “Spacer” – with a diagonal arrow

    Now I have to learn how to set up a reacurring Spacer block for consistency.

    I want to stick with Block Editor, since I don’t think it will go away. Always nice when the blogging community helps each other.

    We visited Nova Scotia many years ago and loved it. We have been living on Vancouver Island for almost 30 years now.

    I have subscribed to your blog and I look forward to learning more about you.🙂 Erica

    • October 29, 2020 7:37 am

      I agree, Erica, that Block Editor is around for the long term. It doesn’t matter how much we complain, they won’t listen. There will be no going back.

      I’ve been playing with the different types of blocks to become familiar with them and making my mistakes on TEST pages that I either save as draft with no intentions of publishing them or I delete after playing on them. Once I know what I’m doing, I’ll start using them more.

      Living on an island. I always wanted to try that. At least on Vancouver Island, you won’t get the winter conditions we get here. The one province I’ve never been to is British Columbia. I was only a few hours away from the border, but I didn’t have a vehicle. Before I fertilize the sod, I plan to visit there and all three territories.

      Thank you for subscribing to my blog. Have a wonderful day.

      • October 30, 2020 11:02 am

        Good point on the test pages, Diane. Always things to learn. Your “fertilize the sod” made me stop and think and then aha, I get it. Lots of beautiful areas to still visit. And, I want to go back to areas different seasons.

        • November 1, 2020 7:29 am

          After creating several posts and pages, I think I’m getting the hang of this Block Editor. There are still things I can’t find easily in it, but I’ll get there.

          My three months in Banff, Alberta, were in fall/winter (October to January). I’d love to return in the summer to see it in its glory. Canada is an amazing country, and while I’d like to some day visit places like Scotland and the Caribbean, if I never get to those places, I’ll be happy travelling Canada.

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