Yes, there’s bunches of stuff to do around here.
No, next to none of it’s been done.
So two weeks ago I started complaining about all the things on the autumn to-do list which needed be done or at least considered before winter, and what shows up on the to-done list? A garden visit. Michael Bowell of Create-a-scene fame hosts an open garden through the HPS each autumn, and since 2014 was the last time this gardener made it, I figured it was prime time for a re-visit. If you’re interested >here’s a link< to the first visit, which offers up just a tiny bit more info on the garden and the event.
This event is promoted as a fall cutting swap, and it’s a sad commentary that I had dark intentions of leaving with a few new plants, but for once swiping cuttings was encouraged! Following a tour through the gardens and greenhouse(s) attendees were directed to take a few cuttings and try a few new plants at home. I still had my reservations, so just to make sure I asked if it would be ok to clip a shoot off a real tempting variegated euphorbia… and before I could even argue a bag was pushed into my hands and clippings started coming off the sides and top. ‘Did you see this one, do you want this one as well?’ Wow. For as much as I try to stay inside my shell in a crowd (there was quite a group attending) the garden chat and entertaining stories lured me in. If I lived closer I would have absolutely overstayed my welcome, but sadly I also had nursery stops and another garden to visit. Poor me 😉
Long story short I was very good at the nurseries and only brought home a few essentials. No need to ask what they were and to question how they qualify as essentials, but they were and between that and another gardener who forced even more goodies upon me it’s possible I’m headed in the wrong direction as far as lower maintenance and getting things ready for winter. Whatever.
So I mowed the lawn and chopped down fennel stalks. Then I looked at the 10-day forecast and with nearly no chance of frost I decided to just walk around aimlessly and ignore nearly all the real to-do list.
The last colchicums are still doing well even though the weather this past week has been cloudy, rain, cloudy, partly cloudy, rain, clouds…
One colchicum celebration is the number of double white C. autumnale alboplenum which I have in flower this year. After a trip to Amish country I shouldn’t like this overly double extravagance but I do. Very much. Hopefully they continue to multiply as well here as they have in the source garden of my friend Kathy.
The rest of the garden continues to crumble into that colorful and seedy look of early autumn.
For all of ten minutes I thought of addressing the bulbs which need digging, but with highs still into the 70’s I think deadheading might be more useful.
There are cannas to think of as well.
Bah. I won’t even think of digging bulbs and tubers until after the first frost. I’ll just enjoy the start of chrysanthemum season and let those distract me for the next couple weeks 🙂
Well I guess I did do something else this week. I potted up another dozen or two of new cuttings which followed me home. Luckily they all went into 6 inch and smaller pots so they don’t even count as new plants.
So stop shaking that head. Yesterday I did chop a few other things down for the season and now I’m considering a little more wood mulch to hopefully hold back the weeds this winter. I moved a few containers closer to the garage. There is a little hope. Don’t you worry, I still have at least ten days.
Have a great week 🙂