Fall Harvest at Brewster by the Sea

by Donna Cain

Flowers from our garden

Flowers from our garden

We have been using flowers from our gardens all summer long. We have greeting flowers with truffles when guests arrive and have been amazed that we still can find beautiful fresh flowers from our gardens. This morning I decided to go out to the back gardens before breakfast to see if I could find some last blooms for the breakfast table. I was so surprised to find a huge abundance of blooming flowers in our garden which included hydrangeas, monk’s hood, zinnias and fall mums. What a fall blessing!

We have not had a fall frost on Cape Cod and so continue to use fresh mint, parsley and nasturtiums with our breakfasts.

Parsley in our vegetable garden

Parsley in our vegetable garden

Everyone is amazed at our hydrangeas that flank our pool. They are older plants that bloom continually all summer. Guest’s staying at Brewster by the Sea ask us what our secret is to have so many beautiful blooms…..I just smile as there is no secret. Our soil is naturally fertile with nutrients that hydrangeas need to bloom. This morning I was amazed to see many small new blooms on our plants.

hydrangeas around our pool

hydrangeas around our pool

The roses continue to bloom as well….

Rose bud in front of our gazebo

Rose bud in front of our gazebo

A dear guest clued me into “Cleomes”. They are an annual and must be replanted every year but they are well worth the effort as they bloom all summer long. Our cleomes are still going strong.

Cleomes in our garden

Cleomes in our garden

My mom lived with us for many years and was an avid gardener. She was instrumental in creating our beautiful gardens at Brewster by the Sea. She loved to plant Zinnias in the spring as she always said that they gave color to the perennial garden when most of the flowers had already passed. This year I just had to smile as I planted many zinnias in the spring. They have been blooming all summer long and continue to provide color in our fall gardens.

Feeling very blessed on Cape Cod and loving our fall gardens. Is winter really coming?

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