|~ red peppers ~|
I remembered just the other day that I still had some peppers in the greenhouse. I'm so glad I did - I ate them right there while talking with my pots of rosemary & other herbs I hauled in for overwintering. Those peppers were the sweetest peppers I had ever eaten! Just shows that leaving them on the plant to fully ripen is the best way to enjoy their flavour!
|~ raspberries ~|
|~ Egyptian wandering onions ~|
I still have a few areas in the gardens & beds that require clean-up, but I'm at that stage now where I'll be out there in February working on my spring start-up, so might as well leave things they way they are. I'm seeing lots of sprouting & reseeded plants & one of my favourite are the Egyptian wandering onions. They'll just re-sprout wherever they fall & provide tasty green shoots to add to salads, soups or just for a nibble while wandering around.
I should spread these around to more of my flower beds - I have a crazy idea that if the deer encounter them, say in the spring - they'll eat the tasty shoots of the onion instead of the tasty shoots of my shrubs, or if they encounter them in the summer when they are larger & of a much stronger flavour, the deer will move on instead of nosing around for those tasty shrubs behind the onions.
I did say that was a crazy idea....
|~ lilac buds ~|
I love that some shrubs will set their leaf buds in the fall - gives you a hint of promise over the winter that they will do the unexpected (well, expected for the last 3 years) & actually FLOWER the following spring. I love lilacs & have many around the yard. Do I really have to wait another 3 or 4 years for them to flower??