The harvest continues with Pears to dry, Jalapeños to smoke, Tomatoes to bottle, and Capsicums to roast and freeze. There are lots of Jerusalem Artichokes and Anemones, and they are all taller than normal and covered with blooms, and don’t seem overly popular with bees, so I didn’t feel too bad taking a few away.
The clumps of Jerusalem Artichokes on the drive are about 4 meters tall, taller than normal like the corn this year, which is taller than the greenhouse roof. For scale, the plant with the large leaves in the centre of the photo below is a Sunflower which is well taller than me. Jerusalem Artichokes are sunflowers too.
We don’t eat many of the tubers although they taste delicious roasted, but it’s easy to eat too many and get wicked gas. I think the pheasants like them, and weirdly my dog likes eating the leaves. I dig quite a few up when they are in the wrong place, but there are always more, flowering beautifully against blue Autmn skies and providing seed for birds in Winter.
Knowing it might be dark by the time I arranged them I took a quick photo before bringing the flowers back this morning, adding a discarded too-large zucchini which happened to match the colours. Along with the Anemones, there are two types of South African Restios, some wild carrot seed heads, Blue Wood Asters (Symphyotrichum cordifolium), and Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’.
While I celebrate Autumn and plant bulbs, others are celebrating Spring with vases full of Daffodils and Tulips. Share your own flowers and enjoy other vases at Rambling in the Garden.