Still Some Summer Hold Outs
By Kim Pezza
I will be the first to admit. I absolutely hate mid- to late fall and winter. All of the winter. People come to the Finger Lakes from all over just to see the changing leaves, while I just see winter around the corner, which is why I am choosing to spend more time in the warm weather, even seriously considering moving all of my work down south.
I miss the gardens, the green, the sunshine and just being able to spend time outdoors without freezing and wearing layer upon layer of clothing in an attempt to keep warm. However, taking a short jaunt over to my parent’s camp yesterday, I noticed a little ray of sunshine. Their little rose was still blooming. Despite the 40 degrees and under nights, and cold days, the rose is not only still blooming, but there are a few buds left as well.
I thought about picking one for a salad, but the flowers brought a brightness to an otherwise dreary surrounding. So I took a picture instead.
Valuable plant families, nightshades, browallia speciosa are ornamental flowers and edible, useful in garden and kitchen.
Spring Color Starts in the Fall
Use the fall to plan for spring flowers, plant bulbs, care for containers, daffodils, crocus, geums, anemones, snowdrops, hyacinths
Hydrangeas have captured my attention lately. They are showy, happy flowers that have the power to change color depending on what type of soil they are grown in.