After a long summer and a few weeks of “second spring”, Autumn is here in Northern California. Fall is a curious season here. Just as some trees drop their leaves and show off fiery colors, colder weather flowers thrive and our “winter crops” start to take off and show some fire of their own. There is a whole other burst of color, and it is just coming to life. There is always a touch of spring here, and we are grateful for it.
Our herbs and greens enjoy the milder weather and keep the salads coming. The fennel, Brussels sprouts, artichokes and chard all show promise. The citrus trees will yield fruit before thanksgiving and the colder weather strawberries are having a blast. The apple cider kit is in the mail…more fun on the way.
We’ve had some pretty heavy frost here in Toronto so there’s not much growing going on but it is amazing how roses are still out.
Roses are heartier than we think…that said. I think they like Norcal better (at least in winter)… 😉
I love these flowers … what fantastic photos, well done!
Gorgeous!! Stunning photographs! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for the visit…most appreciated.
Absolutely stunning photos! And here I’d been thinking your farm was in Putney, Vermont – and your actually in California – cool !!!
Hi. We do get some folks thinking vermont or England, but no. We are (happily) here in Norcal. We ran away from winter a long time ago…
Beautiful! I love the colors! I have a particular preference for orange roses. The photos are really lovely, so I can only imagine how beautiful the “real thing” must be. 🙂
Thanks. We like the orange ones as well and ours smell delightful too…we are enjoying the roses while we can. One big windstorm an they may be gone…
Love your description of fall North of San Francisco. It brings back so many memories. I graduated from UC Berkeley in 1973 and participated in the Berkeley community garden. I learned so much there! I learned that nature wastes nothing. I learned to compost, feed and protect the earth., I learned to “grow, caretake” (I really want another word) animals. This knowledge of the environment has helped throughout my life. It is, indeed, the reason I signed onto Putney farm website. Thank you.
Thank you for the kind words and visit. You are always welcome to “stop by”.
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Now THAT’s super-sweet! Funny how never-thought-about memories can be evoked by a simple sentence or photo. I could SMELL Northern CA over the Golden gate and through the grassy hills of central N CA. The smell of youth let loose in the countryside.
The flowers are gorgeous — imagine, so late the in the year!
But is that rhubarb I see? You mean you can still make fresh rhubarb pie? Feeling a little jealous here…
someone said rhubarb? Mmmm. A favorite. Stewed with a little sugar. baked in a pie. Love the sweet/sour taste. Used to roam alleys in Detroit to pirate stalks of rhubarb-eaten raw and cooked.
Not rhubarb…sadly. But it is rainbow chard…very tasty on its own..
This post shows it all! Thanks for sharing…stop by home, garden, life…