The season is fast closing down on blooms. My blooming season opened last year in March with my Johnny-Jump-Ups. It seems only fitting to close it down with the same. I seeded my carrots in late July. The carrots aren't growing fast enough, but Johnny grew fast enough to bloom among them. I always try to be careful when I'm weeding to leave them behind. It is one of the reasons I'm not like Carol. I don't like my hoes since they might inadvertently get rid of poor little Johnny.
Johnny is one of my all time favorite flowers in the garden. It isn't big and showy. His blooms are so tiny. But what they lack in size they make up for in personality. You just have to smile when you see his bright and cheerful face poking out over the carrot foliage.
I do have other things in bud in the garden. Here are my broccoli buds just waiting for me to pick them. I pick the buds and at the last moment before the ground freezes solid for the year, I pick the upper portion of the stems too. I peel the stem and cook it up in stirfries. I think the stems are just as good as the flowers.
Now is the time that our ground starts to freeze up for the year. I keep a close check on the weather reports. My weathermen are putting up a fight over what the weather will be come midweek. One is saying we won't get under freezing, but it will be close. Another is saying we will get to the mid twenties in mid week. So I went for another weatherman. His tiebreaker forecast said the lows would be in the fourties midweek. So only time will tell. History says we will go in the twenties and, but I'm pulling for fourties and to have the garden keep growing for another week.