Friday, October 1, 2010


Is October a good gardening month for you? Here's why it's a good one for me.
Let's see, swarms of mosquitoes, dripping humidity levels, scorching temperatures, weeks and weeks without rain, and the isolation that comes with being the only gardener dedicated  (crazy) enough to garden all summer long in your neighborhood.  Hmmm...wonder if I'm going to miss September?  This year, September was the new August, which is just plain sad.  Yet, not all was high heat and humidity. That long awaited cool front swept in with all its glory and transported us to places like Canada and nice.
October is even better with highs in the low 80s & 70s and lows in the 60s & 50s. Most Houstonians open their windows, turn off the A/C and actually sit outside in the evenings. It's probably my 3rd favorite month behind March and April.  Tomorrow we go down to Galveston Island with our son who's home from college. All the summer crowds are gone and the water is still in the 80 degree range. The shopkeepers give people like us their undivided attention since there's usually only a few people in the historical part of the city this time of year. This is also my number one transplanting month since it has been too hot up until now to move plants around. Right now I'm also cleaning out the compost pile and putting compost out in the beds since I need to start a new compost pile from all the summer "weed pullin' " and "stick cuttin' ". 
Happy Gardening!
Neoregelia 'Happy Thoughts' in early morning light. One of my favorites that can actually stand some frost and recover nicely. :-)


  1. Hey, I noticed art as one of your interests, I started a new art blog maybe u'll like it! Thanks and keep up great work.

  2. Here's to glorious October! Back to the garden -- or perhaps, back to enjoyment of the garden.

  3. Our cooling down period is Late December to February. Mind you we are not as hot as Texas in summer but with high humidity it feels so. Have a great trip.

  4. Isn't October grand thus far? I can barely contain my excitement and I'm running myself ragged outside taking advantage of the coolth!

  5. October here is autumn, with grand colours, frost a hopefully a weather with sun!


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