Tuesday Garden Party for September 29th

Welcome to this week’s Tuesday Garden Party! I hope your garden is still growing well for you. I know we continue to get tomatoes from the garden and I’m almost ready to harvest our pumpkin, probably by next week, and our carrots are growing well.

Fall is the time of year I love. One of the reasons I love it so much is because of all the birds we have visiting our home. We have a few dogwood trees out front of our home and this time of year they produce red berries. Those berries attract birds and one of those birds migrate through our area. The bird is the cedar waxwing.

The cedar waxing birds that visited our home.

Each year about this time of year we have a bunch of them stop off at our home for a day or two and they devour the berries off the dogwood trees. They make a huge mess with berries and seeds all over our walkways, deck, and sidewalks, but it’s worth it.

I was able to catch these photos of them taking time out for a bath in our bird bath. They are really beautiful birds. What kind of birds do you get passing through where you live this time of year?

These birds come every year this time of year. They are just beautiful. They are cedar waxings.

OK, enough about birds onto this week’s party. Below you will find this week’s features. If you missed last week’s party you can find all the links here. Scroll down to see what’s new for this week too. Be sure to link up your own gardening posts too.

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From your host this week, Jami at An Oregon Cottage:

The great pumpkin harvest.

Happy fall, guys! We had a record pumpkin/gourd harvest at the cottage this year, and I love it. When you grow your own, you are not at the mercies of what the stores have in stock or what colors they choose. I grew only Baby Boo white pumpkins and the lovely gray-green “Cinderella” Jarrahdale pumpkins this year and these neutral fall colors make me happy! I had no problem finding places around our porch and home for the 40+ Baby Boos and 15 Jarrahdales (that I grew from seed I saved from last year), and it made decorating for fall a breeze.

On a side note – I actually found 4 of the smaller Jarrahdale pumpkins growing on a vine that had volunteered in the burn pile. Yes, burn pile, not compost where you’d expect it. Our last burn was June 15 and this vine sprang from the bottom of the pile and was climbing all over the branches we’ve been adding all summer!

The beauty pumpkins in Jami's garden.

I grew Indigo Blue Tomatoes for the first time this year, mainly because they seemed a novelty and I was curious. They really are very striking in the garden as they’re growing, that’s for sure. They keep their blue shoulders even after ripening, as you can see on the right above. The are nice, firm slicers and are still producing for us, which is great. The flavor is just normal, though, nothing to write home about, if you know what I mean. If I didn’t have room to grow them, I’m not sure I would again. Have any of you tried this variety?

On to the features from last week (go here to check out all the links if you haven’t had a chance):

This week's Tuesday Garden Party features.

1. Growing into the person you were created to be @ Grounded & Surrounded (I remember feeling a lot like this in my first years of gardening!)

2. A visual listing of green flowers (some are quite stunning!) @ Sensible Gardening

3. Creating fall arrangements with garden & nature finds (I especially like the green acorns!) @ The Createaerie

4. Preparing flower bulb beds for fall @ Grace & Garden Homestead

5. Fresh apple cheesecake bars @ Homemade Food Junkie

We’re looking forward to your links this week – remember we’d love to see any gifts, food and decor that’s garden related, too!

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