All growing seasons in upstate NY, alas, must come to an end.
We must clear out our community garden plot by October 31. So, spouse is doing the hard work, digging leeks, carrots and beets. Not much else is left, in this year of torrential rains. (will we have a drought next year?) What a shame, because as of today, we have not had a frost at our community garden. Usually we have one there before we have one at our house and we would have had frosts in both places by now. What a strange year this has been. (For what it is worth, we should have wet snow in the hills on Thursday and we will probably have - not just a frost-but a freeze-on Friday morning.)
While visiting the garden for the last time this year, I wandered around, saying mental goodbyes to the plots of our neighbors. Then, I spied a blue flower. Could it be?
Nearby, a lone amaranth displayed its red foliage and seed stalk.
Here's my favorite fantasy series plant, Erigeron (fleabane).
And last, but not least, my mystery flower of the week. It came out blurry and I apologize. I don't know if this is a wildflower or something that was planted by one of the gardeners.