About a dozen fruits on the Italian plum tree this year. My daughter and I ate them all, right there in the yard. Excellent. This tree was a $7 special I picked up two years ago at a nursery sale. Hoping for two dozen plums next year.
Technically, zinnias aren't "autumn flowers," except they do continue blooming into autumn. And this one in particular is interesting because the seed selection and location were not my decision. It's a volunteer.
This tree underwent some extreme pruning in the spring. It didn't hurt pear production. We have more than we can possibly eat. My guess is that these are Bartlett pears. They do not ripen on the vine. We pick them and they ripen weeks later.
This is my neighbor's roof - covered in frost this morning. It's been a tough gardening year. We had a light frost the first week in June - so barely three months frost-free. I don't think this was a killing frost, but I'm sure my tomatoes and basil are unhappy.
We have two of these shrubs. One I purchased and the other one? I clipped a branch from the original plant and stuck it in the ground...and it grew! True story. I think that's also a clue why this shrub is considered an invasive species in some areas of the country.
A chioggia beet from the garden. It's sometimes called a candy cane, or bullseye, beet. I planted quite a few seeds, but I only have 3 beets. This was the first one ready, so I sliced it up and roasted it. It caramelizes beautifully although the color variation isn't as clear as when it's raw.
Such a big face on this one. For the gardening record: the biggest and prettiest sunflowers in my garden this year just showed up on their own. Well, maybe they had help from a bird, a squirrel or the wind.
"Mortgage lifter" tomatoes. They're huge. These came from a packet of seeds handed out by Edwards Greenhouse about 15 years ago. Germination rate for the two seeds I planted: 100 percent. Very tasty fruits with lots of meat. More sweet than tang.