August turns into September | Mount Airy News
Four o’clock always goes strong
Four o’clock still rings loudly in the last days of August. With daylight saving time still in effect, these flowers could actually be called five o’clock! Usually they open their flowers around five o’clock or later. The four o’clock could be called the longest lasting of all summer annuals, as they bloom from mid-spring until a hard frost in November. We have several that are perennial and come back every year. One of these varieties is speckled and has wine and white characteristics while others are solid wine.
A cool end to the summer for the birds
On hot, scorching midsummer afternoons, drain the solar-heated water from the birdbath and refill it with fresh, cool water. When the late summer sun shines, it dries up the water in mud holes or puddles, and in the absence of thunderstorms, it is difficult for them to find water. You are providing them with a fresh, cool source of water that will continue to attract all types of birds to your lawn.
Make a fresh summer carrot salad
This is a great salad for a summer dinner. It does not require a lot of preparation time and is tasty and colorful. You will need two cups of finely grated carrots, a can of pineapple chunks (drained), a cup of golden raisins, half a cup of mayonnaise, half a cup of sugar, two teaspoons of lemon juice, lemon, a teaspoon of real vanilla, half a teaspoon of orange flavor. Drain and reserve the juice from the pineapple chunks, soak the golden raisins in the pineapple juice for 30 minutes. Mix the sugar into the drained pineapple. Refrigerate pineapple and sugar for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, drain the juice from the raisins and discard. Strain the juice from the pineapple and discard it. Mix all the ingredients and stir in the vanilla mayonnaise, orange flavoring and lemon juice. Cover and keep refrigerated until ready to serve. This salad is best refrigerated overnight and has a shelf life of one week in the refrigerator. The colder it is, the better.
Late summer crows make noise
The crow population seems to be getting bigger and the crows don’t seem shy around humans. We have several nests in our area. Some of them even visit bird baths. They don’t seem to bother anything in the garden. They seem to find plenty to eat on the road along US Highway 52. With all the nests they must be hatching lots of young. Like buzzards, they are helpful scavengers and help the environment.
A pinch in the late night air
When the evening sun goes down, the porch in late August enjoys a pleasant feeling of twilight air. The birds are more active and the humidity is lower. The sunsets become a bit more colorful. The squirrels begin to harvest the first acorns. There is a hint of yellow and orange in the maples and red in the dogwoods. All these signs indicate that we are approaching the advanced season of autumn.
Recycle summer soil
Summer annuals are winding down and it’s time to plant fall annuals. The medium in which summer annuals are planted can be recycled and used to plant fall annuals such as pansies, mums, kale and ornamental cabbage. Empty the medium from the containers, pots and hanging baskets into the wheelbarrow and add the same amount of new medium and half that amount of peat moss and mix everything together. Add two liters of Flower-Tone Organic Flower Food and stir. Use this medium to plant fall annuals.
Make a batch of canned pears
The pear harvest season has now arrived. It’s time to enjoy the harvest and prepare a batch of canned honey pears to use on toast for breakfast on a cold winter morning. It will definitely taste the same as you won’t buy from any supermarket. It’s easy to make and all you need are pears, sugar and water, along with some time and patience. Simply peel the pears and cut them into two-inch pieces and place the pieces in a pot of salted water (to prevent the pears from browning). After peeling and cutting all the pears into pieces, soak them in salted water for 10-15 minutes, drain the water from the pears and rinse with fresh cold water and soak for 15 minutes. Measure the pears into the pot. For each cup of pears, add three-quarters of a cup of sugar. And three liters of water for pears and sugar and mix well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Stir the mixture often until it becomes syrupy, reducing the heat and continuing to stir to avoid sticking. Keep an eye on the mixture and reduce the heat as needed. Dip a spoonful in it every few minutes to check the thickness. When it begins to turn golden brown and thicken, place a drop of syrup in a cup of cold water when the syrup forms a ball in the cold water, pour into pint or jelly jars and seal. Process for five minutes in a hot water bath canner or pressure canner, bring the jars to five pounds pressure and turn off the heat.
August is coming to an end and the colorful sunsets are beginning
August is only three days longer and when September begins we can expect the beauty of some colorful sunsets as an attribute of one of the many splendours of the month. As the days get shorter and cooler, this sets the stage for color in the western sky as the sun sets. Colors of red, orange, yellow, pink and bluish purple will tint the western horizon as the sun slowly sinks into the west and it casts a glow on the trees whose leaves are already beginning to turn into some of the same colors that show in the beautiful sunsets.
Ornamental kale heralds fall
These ornamentals come in red, cream, yellow, mint green, wine and burgundy colors as well as pink. They can replace some of the summer annuals. These ornaments will last all winter long with a little protection, such as placing them toward the back of the porch to avoid extreme northern winter winds and hard frosts. A cloth or towel for protection on freezing nights.
Filling Late Summer Annuals with Pansies
The hardy fall and winter blooms of pansies brighten up hardware stores, nurseries, garden centers, Home Depot, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Ace Hardware and Walmart. Pansies have beautiful dark green foliage that will withstand winter as well as unusual colors of flowers with faces on them. You can buy them in packs of six and nine and most are already in bloom. You can choose from yellow, purple, white bronze, wine, tan, brown, and lavender. Buy a bag of pansies booster to give pansies a good start in cool weather
Spring bulbs can be planted now
With September just four days away, tulip, daffodil, crocus, narcissus, daffodil and hyacinth bulbs can now be planted. Planting them now will give them a good start. Buy bulbs in clear mesh bags or individual tubs so you can see and smell the bulbs and know they aren’t moldy or rotten. You can also buy a blister booster bag to get the blisters started right.
Work in the autumn garden
In autumn, the garden is more comfortable to work with less heat and humidity. Not many bugs and not many weeds to deal with. The ground is passable and the choice of cool weather vegetables is excellent and now is the time to start them all off on the right foot.
HOE hoe hoedown
“Payment time.” Wife: “There is a man at the door who wants to see you about a bill you owe him. He wouldn’t give his name. Husband: “What does he look like? Woman: “Looks like you better pay it!”
“Wrong Knock. – On a moonlit country road, the car coughed and stopped. The young driver said, “It’s funny, I wonder what that hit was.” The girl sitting next to him said, “I can tell you one thing. It was not an opportunity!
“Bluffing”. Bill: “If you refuse to be mine, I will jump off this cliff.” Jill: “It’s just a bluff.”