This last day of August seems a good time for an update on farm news. My butterfly bush is in full bloom. An anniversary gift from my husband, the bush is at the edge of its northern range here at the farm. Every winter it dies down to the ground. In the spring it sends up new branches and begins to blossom in August. The scent is delicious!
The fig tree is thriving and has settled on five figs chosen to grow to maturity. There were eight little figs but the tree let three shrivel and drop. The figs are about 1.5″ across at the widest. I doubt they will ripen before the first frost. The tree will be moved inside as fall arrives. I hope the fruit continues to ripen and not drop from the shock of being moved.
I spent part of the day stacking firewood. Our wood pile is about two-thirds full. We need at least six cords to be warm through the nine months of heating. To get ahead of the endless tree felling, we decided to buy nine cords of seasoned tree length firewood. It was delivered a couple weeks ago and forms a large pile up near the road. As soon as we finish splitting and piling the wood we cut in our woods, we will start on the new pile. There is a half-cord of ash left to split down in the woods.
Today I harvested the last of my fresh lettuce and had a big salad for lunch. The head lettuce I planted this spring did very well and did not bolt too badly once very hot weather arrived. Today I also canned the last of the wax beans for this year. I put up a total of twenty-one pints of beans. These will be a yummy reminder of summer during the cold months.
Today was very warm and mostly sunny so I took the opportunity to wash both the dogs. They were badly in need of a bath, especially Holly who only likes to wade in the pond and stream while Otto jumps in for total immersion. The dogs look and smell great! And, so, a busy day and month come to an end.