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Saturday, October 6, 2012

What's Blooming and Fruiting in the Hill Country Garden this Fall!

October is one of the most beautiful and productive months in the Texas Hill Country.  Next to early spring, this is an eye popping time of year.  The garden is abundant with blooms and fruits and veggies - perfect for garden to table lifestyles.  Shown here is a beautiful Okra bloom.  Our Okra was over 6 feet tall this year! Honey bees are active, as are cardinals, hummingbirds and lady bugs.  Lots of lady bugs! There are so many pictures I want to share with you, I'm going to narrate less in this blog and just show you through pictures.  So here we go, come stroll through the garden with me!
Lady Beetle on an Okra leaf
Passiflora incarnata
Passion Flower vine growing on the garden fence.  We admire this gorgeous flower daily.

Echinacea - still blooming (but now fading) in the garden

Orange Hibiscus from one of the last cuttings my grandfather made

Belinda's Dream is budding and blooming.  Exciting blooms ignite visual senses while the fragrance sweetens the air

Souvenir de la Malmaison is a gorgeous bloom.  I love picking this bloom along with other roses in the garden and infusing in apple cider vinegar for a skin tonic

Zinnias 4 feet tall!

Cayenne Pepper.  Turns out this is my favorite peppers of all peppers.  Incredible flavor! I add to rice, meats, soups, just about anything -

Habanero, Serrano, and Cayenne peppers
Serrano overload! No doubt I'll be dehydrating these and grinding them into herbal spicy powders

Figs! Happily harvesting figs daily.  We love them!

Meyer Lemons are getting larger and changing from green to yellow.  They should be ready late next month. 
My Mullein Friend!! I love Mullein - happy fuzzy soft leaves make me smile each time I walk by

Passion Flower at dusk

Briar with Mexican Hat wildflower
Well, that's a quick update...so much more - I will share in another post.  In the meantime - let's take a cue from Briar and head outside and smell the crisping autumn air and enjoy the fall flowers!!

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