Monday, September 10, 2012


Colors found in a front yard in Westby

I can't believe it's already the 10th of September! The grandchildren have gone home, and I only wish they lived closer so they could visit more often. The beans and tomatoes have been canned, there are 26 little containers of basil pesto frozen for the long winter, and I'm getting potting soil today in order to pot my lavender, thyme, oregano, rosemary, lemon verbena, and basil - in order to try to winter them over on the window sill. We'll see if that works this year. Some years it's very successful, and other years one or more of them dies off.

 Playing at Sand Creek

There are still the carrots and the squash to deal with, when the time comes. And the raspberries need to be cut back. If I'm lucky, I'll remember to plant garlic in October. It's just such an odd time to be planting anything, that most years the month slips by before I think of it again. I'm making a big mental note: PLANT GARLIC. We use a lot of it, and I don't care for the little dry bulbs we get at the grocery store.

So, back to September: I think it's become my favorite month of the year. October used to have that honored position, but it's just a little too close to you-know-what. September weather should be nice, we've got the Asian beetles under control, the garden is winding down, and it's time for campfires and walks in the woods (once we have a hard frost to get rid of the mosquitoes), it's finally cool enough for Bridger to enjoy being outdoors, and the time of year when Wisconsin's oaks and maples get ready to give us the annual color show.

 The McIntosh Apple Tree in September 2011
yielded an abundance of apples!
This year we got about 10 apples, for we got a hard frost after the tree had blossomed.

Squash Harvest in September 2010
This year we have Butternut and Sunshine

I'm also looking forward to this month because my cousin Bobby is coming from Montana to visit us!  Our mothers (both gone now) are sisters, and Bobby and I are more like sisters than cousins. It's always fun to spend time with her. Our brains zip around on the same frequency, which makes for some interesting conversations. Unfortunately, we both have the same problems with word associations and other silliness that keep us entertained for hours.:-)

So do you have anything special going on in September?


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Denise said...

I love this time of the year.

Eileen H said...

I like September too. I'm glad you had fun with your grandchildren. Now for some grown up time with your cousin, enjoy!

Unknown said...

I can't believe it's September either!! I like September because it reminds me October is just around the corner and that still is my favorite month... could be cause it's my birthday month too, though :) Glad you had time you did with your grandkids!

MadSnapper said...

you have been a busy bee with all your canning and putting up plus the kids visit. my favorite month here in Florida is November, the nights go to 68 or 70 and the humidity drops low and the days are at 78. i love the cool night and warm days. of course everything looks the same, just feels comfy and makes me want to hike in the woods or on the beaches. it is the first month that being outside is a pleasure to me

Bethany Nash said...

Why, yes, I'm doing something special this September. I'm watching Downton Abbey series 2 with my friend Judy... right?

Bethany Nash said...

^Shameless sass

Joyce said...

We have three birthdays this month and I'm looking forward to a reunion of some England friends in Boston in a couple of weeks. This month will fly by! I love the color just beginning to show...Sept and October are definitely my favorite months.

Sue said...

September is a lovely time of year, glad you had fun times with your grandchildren, I understand what it's like to have them far away! nice pictures, grave a good week!

Kara @ Petals to Picots Crochet said...

Love all your photos ... and September :)

Olive said...

Your squash is gorgeous. I adore fall too. Yesterday here was great with no humidity. xoxo, olive

Carla from The River said...

Will Bobby be staying with you?

Have lots of fun enjoying autumn together. :)

Lois Christensen said...

It's a beautiful cool day here in PA. My son has his first JV football game tonight and I'm thinking we're going to be a bit cold sitting in the stands! I love your photos of what you've grown! Especially the squash and pumpkins!!! They look great! Hope you're having a nice Monday!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for visiting from Sandra's. You have a lovely blog and I'm following now. September is my favorite month also. Here in Georgia, we are just glad to be able to get out in the yard as the temps finally cool! I know canning/freezing are hard work but you will enjoy these fruits/veggies this winter. Happy you enjoyed your special time with the grands. Have a good evening. Mildred

SImple and Serene Living said...

I love this time of year. The light outside is softer and the weather is still warm so I love to get outside. Enjoy your bountiful harvest.


Unknown said...

Lovely pictures Judy, amazing that it's September already. This year is just flying by isn't it?! I love the blue drop. I know you must miss your grandchildren a lot. Have a lovely week my friend.


Chatty Crone said...

I love to see your photos of fall - I just love the colors of fall and the bright clear photos.

Well I love September - but not sure it will be as exciting as yours will be.

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

So glad you got all that extra time with the grandkids since they don't live close by. Loved seeing your past harvest photos!!

laurie said...

I love starts and I am always anxious to get back, even though I enjoy the summer vacation.

Nice pictures!

RURAL said...

I would like smell a vision on your blog please, lol. Those soaps at the end always looks so enticing.

But alas I can't have any scents, allergies and all that.

I like September, it's a really lovely transition month.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

April said...

Wow, that is some SERIOUS squash!! Your produce is inspiring! I like September, but not till the second half when it has officially cooled down a bit. We're MOVING this week!! That counts as plans!! :)

Unknown said...

Eileen said...You are right when you said September is now your favorite month. Being from Green Bay, WI I can says that September is a wonderful month to be in Wisconsin. The weather is warm, the trees are just starting to show some color, and football (for the Packers) is starting.

Unknown said...

Eileen said...You are right when you said September is now your favorite month. Being from Green Bay, WI I can says that September is a wonderful month to be in Wisconsin. The weather is warm, the trees are just starting to show some color, and football (for the Packers) is starting.

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

Great minds thing alike, Judy. I was sitting outside at Jordyn's soccer game Sunday and even amongst all the sweaty little children, I loved the smell of being outside in the cool September weather!

Debra Hawkins said...

You have had some beautiful harvests. I have a black thumb. I kill everything, even plants that are supposedly unkillable.


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