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One time I was flying out for Christmas and the pansies lining the sidewalks at the airport were looking so fine and smiling. A front was to come through bringing sub 20 temps and I thought, "Well, that's that for the pansies." When I got back a week later the pansies looked just as fine and smiling! I was amazed.
I have found that Pansies can survive any cold temps we get with no problems... However, here we often get freezing rain too, which puts a coating of solid ice on everything. The pansies will survive even that, but they suffer from it. So, if that is in the forecast then I will definitely put them in the garage or bring them indoors until it passes.
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I had long-since assumed that I only had Moonflowers this year, and that the Morning Glories I had planted didn't make it. However, this evening I noticed a Morning Glory bloom opening up, close to the ground. I was very surprised to see it.

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I had two more Morning Glory blooms today. You can see them, plus the faded one from yesterday.




My one remaining potted Mum is forming buds now too. It was kind of spindly all summer, I wasn't sure if it was going to do anything this year.

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As I mentioned yesterday, my one remaining Mum is not looking very impressive... So today I went to the seasonal garden nursery tent near where I live to look for a new one. It really is a glorious place for all things Fall:




They had really large potted Mums, but I think they're over-priced. However, I did get one in a 6" pot for $5:




Today was beautiful Fall weather, although windy. However, we are supposed to have much colder temps and rain for the next 3 days, so I got everything potted up this afternoon. Not just the Mum, but also the Pansies I got a couple of days ago:



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A tattered Morning Glory bloom on a cold, rainy Autumn morning:




Some more Morning Glory blooms:




I had a Moonflower bloom this morning as well:

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Not garden-related, but here's a pic of Spike and Buffy cuddling on a cold Autumn night tonight:

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Here is some of the Zucchino Rampicante squash which I harvested a couple of days ago. I did not pick any of it green (in its Summer Squash phase), but instead decided to let it ripen into Winter Squash in order to see how that worked out. Most of it did alright, but some of the fruit instead just withered up.

This is not the full extent of what I harvested, I already gave some of it away and have been told that it bakes very well. I only planted 2 hills and it spread over a full 4'x20' garden bed, eventually getting into and climbing up my okra plants.

What I like best about this squash is that the SVBs and Squash Bugs completely ignored it, I had no pest problems with it all summer long.


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At last - a squash that the squash bugs ignore. Halelujah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Last spring I planted a few Caladium bulbs in my front yard flower bed, next to the front porch. Today I dug up the bulbs to over-winter them indoors. Several years ago, I found out the hard way that Caladium bulbs left in the ground during the winter here will not survive.



Here's a pic from early last summer, you can see the Caladiums on the far left:



My squirrel buddy was back at the bird feeder this afternoon, eating sunflower seeds. I hadn't seen him around for a while, but I'm sure it's the same squirrel. He showed absolutely no fear when I went out on the back patio to take this pic:

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What I like best about this squash is that the SVBs and Squash Bugs completely ignored it, I had no pest problems with it all summer long.
Congratulations on your success! I just posted a few days ago that we've given up on winter squash but this one might have to get a test. But it will be the *last* one if it doesn't work. So much for an "iron will". On the other hand, never say "never".
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Congratulations on your success! I just posted a few days ago that we've given up on winter squash but this one might have to get a test. But it will be the *last* one if it doesn't work. So much for an "iron will". On the other hand, never say "never".
Here's a link to the squash's entry, where I ordered my seeds from. I'm not saying you should order from them too, but the description of the squash itself might be useful.

I notice that the very first customer review says the same thing I did: SVB and Squash Bugs did not bother their plants either.

https://www.rareseeds.com/zucchino-rampicante-squash/
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After a couple of days of cold rain, today was back to pleasant, mild Autumn weather. So I took advantage of it and spent a lot of time outdoors this afternoon.

Another nice Morning Glory bloom this morning:



The pic is a little blurry, but here's a bumble bee I saw visiting my Marigolds:



And a butterfly too:



I ordered some Winter Rye Grass seed online, to use as a winter cover crop in my garden. But first I had to clean up the garden beds:



While I was cleaning up my south garden bed, I heard this loud chattering noise. At first, I thought it was a bird... but no, it was my squirrel buddy. Maybe it's just my imagination, but I got the impression that he was genuinely glad to see me, hence all his racket. He watched me for several minutes, then moved on to the neighbor's yard:



I finally got all the grass and weeds dug up out of the south garden bed:



I started on the middle garden bed, but didn't finish before it got too warm for the afternoon. I'll finish it tomorrow. In the meantime, I did pull out a couple more squash:



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I looked at the reviews for your squash, all 16 pages! There were some from the south, which is what I wanted to check. I just might break my no-more-winter-squash vow and try this one. But it WILL be the last!

Actually it's a summer/winter squash so technically I'm not breaking a commitment. How's that for justification? LOL!
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Today was a dreary, cold, misty day, so I didn't do any work in the garden like I had originally planned. I also had a doctor's appointment today, which took up some time.

Anyway, here are a couple of pics I took outside this morning... My maple tree continues to slowly transition to its fall colors:




Also some more Morning Glory blooms:




We're supposed to have overnight lows down into the 20s by the end of this week, so I expect that my flowers won't be around much longer.
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The temperature is predicted to get down into the 20s tonight, with a wind chill in the teens. So, I expect that will end what remains of both my vegetable and flower beds for the year.

I went over my pepper plants this afternoon and harvested all I could find. Not a bad haul, all things considered:




There is a small chance that we could get some freezing rain tonight, so I moved the sensitive potted plants indoors and I moved my recently-potted pansies and violas from the back patio to the front porch. Assuming the cold tonight takes out my marigolds and zinnias, these flowers will add a bit of color to my front flower beds until next spring.

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As predicted, the temperature got down into the 20s last night, which was more than my flowers, etc could tolerate. When the Sun came up this morning, everything looked black and wilted.





Since today was Halloween, I focused on cleaning up the front yard flower beds, so I could then put out Halloween lights.

The Moonflower and Morning Glory vines were the biggest challenge, because they grew so thick this year:



It required an entire lawn waste trash bag just to hold all the vines:



After having flowers for the entire summer and fall, it always looks so bare when they come out at the start of winter:



On the plus side, there is now space for holiday lights... First Halloween and then Christmas lights in another month or so:

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I bought a pie pumpkin at the garden nursery tent up the road, where I also got my Pansies and new Mum plant. I prefer to cook my own pumpkin for making pie at Thanksgiving time.




I moved everything I still have growing to the front porch for the next few days, while the weather is predicted to be mild again. It's hard to see, but there's a Geranium back there, which will be brought inside for the winter. Also the Cactus and Succulent.

In the past, I've always treated Petunias as an annual. However, I've read that they're actually a perennial and can be over-wintered indoors. So, I'm going to try that with the window box of Petunias in the pic.

The Pansies will of course stay outside all winter. The Mums too, although they will die back when it gets too cold. But they will return in the spring.


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Believe it or not, I couldn't find any Winter Rye Grass seed locally... so I ordered some on Amazon. Tomorrow I will do more clean-up in my garden beds and then I will broadcast sow it.




I took this pic from my front yard this afternoon... fall colors and the waxing Moon:

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Today, I was back to cleaning up the vegetable garden beds. The mess in the foreground is what's left of my tomato plants, from which I got essentially nothing this year except a few Roma paste tomatoes:




This was the status by the time I was done for the day. The center garden bed (on the left) is ready for winter rye grass sowing. The north garden bed (on the right) still needs to be weeded and cultivated. I will do that tomorrow.

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Today I finished cleaning up the north garden bed (the one on the right). I was going to sow Winter Rye Grass seed today, but we're predicted to get a lot of rain over the next couple of days. So I decided to hold off, for fear that the seed might just wash away.



Part of my garden clean-up was to finally see what the Cherokee Long Ear corn I planted this year actually produced. I had pretty much ignored it until today, because the plants were so short and the ears were small. Anyway, this is what I got:



About this time, my squirrel buddy showed up in the backyard. On a whim, I tossed one of ears of corn towards him (her?), just to see what it would do. The squirrel went right over, picked up the ear of corn, and carried it over to near the maple tree in my backyard:



It looked like the squirrel was getting a few kernels off the ear each time, then run up into the tree to eat them. So, to help, I set the ear of corn in a fork of the tree branches. The squirrel is there, but hard to see in the shadow of the tree trunk:




The squirrel has become so tame around me, it let me take a pic this close to it:



Speaking of the wildlife I feed during the winter, I'd been hearing my crow friends cawing around the neighborhood the last few days. But I didn't actually see them until today. They always disappear during the spring and summer, I assume to raise their young in a place further away from civilization. But every Fall, like clockwork, they turn up again:



Once I start putting feed out, I'm sure they will once again be regular visitors to my backyard over the next few months.
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