Monday, October 04, 2010

Fall Color Bites


When the swamp sunflower leaps up ... sometimes as high as 9 feet or so, you know fall is here.
They are blooming like crazy, signaling the end of constant heat and humidity down here. For now, yellow is the primary color in the PFHQ wildflower palette, with some purples courtesy of ironweed and blazing star tossed in to the mix.


Somewhere in there is a spittlebug.

Fall color with a bite.
I'm making datil sauce again this week. The seeded peppers will go into the sauce, but the seeds will go on to a paper towel to dry for a few days.
For those of you who need seeds, the deal is the same as last year.
Start them just as you would any pepper variety. Even down here, I won't be starting mine until January, so if you order some, keep them in a cool dry place until the time is right for your growing zone.
This weekend's weather was so spectacular ... I would normally have gone into the wilds, but a new PF addition required me to completely rearrange the barn to make room for ... well, ... it's a surprise.
It was great weather for tossing, cleaning, and rearranging. I got a ton of stuff done, but did not step off the property all day.
I will spill the beans tomorrow on that whole surpriseythingy.
... and if anyone uses the term, "Midlife Crisis" in their comments, I may hunt you down.


18 comments:

robin andrea said...

Nice colors you have there, fc. Mid-life crisis? I would have never thought such a thing, but since you brought it up...

threecollie said...

I was thinking a live thing...barn and all...but the midlife crisis concept makes me think otherwise. lol

threecollie said...

PS, if you need to hunt me down for using the term in a comment I will either be in the kitchen or the garden

Anonymous said...

FC-It's in the vauly, my lips are sealed! Lightnin

Anonymous said...

Oops that was supposed to be in th vault!

cndymkr / jean said...

Midlife Crisis? I'm going with a new vehicle or large tool.

kathy a. said...

barn, i'm thinking animal, being a city girl. but midlife crisis sounds more like a vehicle, possibly red.

Floridacracker said...

Robin,
I'll explain everything.
No crisis involved! LOL

3Collie,
I figured you would not be hanging at the mall!

Lightnin,
Good job.

Jean,
Tools, boats, guy toys in general ... all welcome here.

Kathy A,
I love red.

Miz S said...

I hope it's a motorcycle.

amarkonmywall said...

A cat! A cat! Oh, I knew your feline self would finally break through! I can't wait to see the sweet furry thing. Your peppers are so so lovely-what a great color they are? Wish I could reproduce that when dyeing wool. An alpaca? A lamb? Must be a cat...

Island Rider said...

I'm with Miz S. It's a motorcycle. Or a horse. That is what husband and I did for that period in your life that I am not supposed to write about here. Can you guess which was which? If it is a motorcycle, promise you will wear a helmet!

Anonymous said...

Yep, its gotta be a motorcycle.
If so, remember that humans make really bad bumpers.
The 'medic in me hopes that it is a horse but the mid life crisis comment sure screams "Harley"

kathy a. said...

would a person need to "completely rearrange" a barn for a motorcycle? i guess it depends on how much is in the barn, granted, but i'm guessing something bigger that doesn't require a helmet. [and if i'm wrong, wear the damned helmet.]

Caroline said...

Your kids are probably too big now for a pony....

tina said...

What do we win if we guess correstly? I go with a luxury jeep grand cherokee. You old steed will be jealous.

roger said...

well, my guess is a red vehicle.

i am hoping my several year old dried datils will have viable seeds, now that i have the climate to grow them outdoors. will keep you posted next spring.

T. Allan Smith said...

What gorgeous peppers!

SophieMae said...

Ooo! Can't wait to see what it is! If it were me, it'd be an Austin Healey or Alfa Romeo or Triumph TR3. Unless I could get back my 1972 Javelin. Or a 1960 RHD Jag. Or a '55-56 T-bird. If we're talking 2 wheels, it'd probably be a Triumph Thunderbird w/sidecar. 8-]