It seems like she just got here, but Summer is making a fast exit

Fall seems to be Fell at my house.

My poor naked sycamore tree - this means, no shade for August, what a bummer.

My poor naked sycamore tree – this means, no shade for August, what a bummer.

And it means a lot of raking.

I try to keep the driveway clear but as soon as I get back in the house I look out the window and more leaves have fallen.

I try to keep the driveway clear but as soon as I get back in the house I look out the window and more leaves have fallen.

I rake them into a big berm along the driveway, and when the berm threatens to disappear the driveway, I rake them onto a tarp and use them for mulch around the yard. 

My husband planted these redwoods without realizing how non-native they are to this area. They have a tough time during drought, that's for sure. I've put them on a regular watering schedule based on the Cal Water rules, and I find that's all they need - consistency. I believe the mulch really helps too.

My husband planted these redwoods without realizing how non-native they are to this area. They have a tough time during drought, that’s for sure. Our neighbor has three standing dead in his back yard right now.  I’ve put them on a regular watering schedule based on the Cal Water rules, and I find that’s all they need – consistency. I believe the mulch really helps too.  It has disappeared the weeds I had to deal with every Spring.

do you wonder if squirrels eat half the nuts they gather and bury? Look at all these young oaks.

Do you wonder if squirrels eat even half the nuts they gather and bury? Look at all these young oaks growing in the shade of our old Douglas Fir.  I love to stand on the lawn and imagine what this little forest will look like someday.

At this time of year stuff starts to die even if you are watering it. 

They look like mummies - I'm letting these echinacea go to head because they produce a lot of viable seeds.

They look like mummies – I’m letting these echinacea go to head because they produce a lot of viable seeds.  But yeah, nothing says End of Summer like a pot of dead flowers.

 

We’ve turned off a lot of the water in the garden because the heat was too much for some of the plants anyway. A couple of rows of tomatoes have just about given up.  But, a section along the shadier end of the garden still has some green fruit coming in.

Luckily these shaded plants are still producing.

Luckily these shaded plants are still producing.

The squash plant comes and goes – it just started putting out more baby fruit.

These get over a foot long, and hardly any seeds.

These get over a foot long, and hardly any seeds.

This "blueberry" tomato is one of our best producers.

This “blueberry” tomato is one of our best producers. And they’re really good.

We’ve turned off a couple of the melon vines that have stopped producing, but there’s still a “pear” melon and some sort of cantaloupe.

This big one, about the size of a deflated football, is going on the table for Sunday dinner.

This big one, about the size of a deflated football, is going on the table for Sunday dinner.

We haven't tried this variety yet, there are several of these growing under the vines.

We haven’t tried this variety of cantaloupe yet, there are several of these growing under the vines.

Some things have become revived in this nice cool weather. The loofah barely hung through that hot dry spell, the little fruit that developed just withered and melted off. Now the vines seem more vigorous, and the fruit are getting bigger.

I planted a few of these along my clothesline because it is called "the dishrag gourd."

I planted a few loofah vines along my clothesline because it is called “the dishrag gourd.”

It is doing well, the clothesline is partially protected by young oaks, and the oaks also provide a stairway to the sun. I might have to get a ladder to fetch these in a couple of months.

I check these every day because they are so sensitive. The heat just melts them off.

I check these every day because they are so sensitive. The heat just melts them off.  Maybe these will make it, they grow a little every day.

This little fellow might make it - he's already an inch long and has a nicely developing flower at the end.

This little fellow might make it – he’s already an inch long and has a nicely developing flower at the end.

Loofah take regular watering – not a lot, but every day.  I sure hope I get some  – I’m down to the last sponge I collected last year. They beat the heck out of wash cloths – when they get disgusting, you throw them away.  I find they last for a couple of months each of you shake them out good after use. I  just slap them against my hand a few times and set them in the caddy.

It’s been so pleasantly cool, despite the poor air quality from the fires, we’ve been leaving windows open longer and staying outside more. Trying to get that last touch of Summer before she leaves us begging for more. 

 

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