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Garlic Thyme  
It is finally here, this Saturday will be a Garlic Day at the farm. Start with a garden tour at 10:30, followed by lunch around noon. Lunch will include a Spicy Baked Ham, with a Garlic Aolli  or Horseradish Sauce, Garlic Smashed Potatoes, Herbed Green Beans,  Garlic Bread and our Seasonal Sour Cream Pound Cake and your choice of Herbal Tea or other beverage. Reservations are requested for lunch, the cost is $9.50 per person-   You may register and pay for lunch here  Feel free to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day with us if you do not want lunch.At 1:00 afternoon classes will begin, recipes from lunch will be available. I hope you will save some room for lots of tasting as we will make Pesto, learn how to cook with garlic, and a few other tasty surprises. Then learn all you ever wanted to know about planting, cultivating and harvesting garlic. We will have a garlic planting demonstartion and plant some of the California Early White ( the softneck variety in our braids). Be sure to bring your camera and catch some of the fall colors in the woods, Gregg will be taking a hike for any of you who don't feel like sitting around.


Color in the gardens

 

As these cool days and even cooler nights are quickly approaching we have been cutting back some of the Purple Cone flowers, as well as the spent blooms of Anise Hyssop and the annual Black Eyed Susans. Although we usually leave many of these seed producers standing this year we had a bumper crop and if I didn't eliminate some of them next year we would have more than we needed.

 

The gardens have gone from a blur of gold to white. Yes, we have White Asters everywhere, the Japanese Anemones are finally putting on their show and the Heptacodium is a gorgoeus shade of pink.  It is refreshing to see these non- fall colors in the garden. The leaves are changing in the woods so we have a myriad of colors - great for picture taking.

The Butterfly House is being erected 

 

Last month I mentioned we will have a new addition next year, well when you come this weekend you will get a glimpse of the new structure. We are hoping it will be up, but obviously not planted, by Garlic Thyme.   

We have identified over 30 varieties of butterflies and moths in our present gardens and I am busy sketching the garden beds of host and nectar plants for the new house. Lots to do and I am anxious to get started.   

We are so excited and I will update you through the newsletter and on the website while we are closed over the winter. 
Remember we close for the season on Oct 11, except for a few classes in Nov. and Dec.

Check the web as we post dates for our wreath classes for the holidays 

 
Thanks for a great season 

As we wind down over the next couple of weeks Gregg and I  thank you for your support this year and hope you will plan to visit the gardens, if not in the next few weeks, then next spring when we reopen. Remember our products will still be available on the web and for those of you who are local, at the Rural Retreat Winery.