Hi Everyone. This weeks cool temperatures
and the prospect of a frost coming this weekend,
which now may have been cancelled, was the
motivation I needed to get some clean up chores
done around in the garden.
Anemone Margarete & Chocolate Eupatorium Snakeroot
Flower beds needed a clean up of leaves from
strong winds the first of the week which seems
to always land them right in the middle of my
shady beds between the house and garage.
Nora Leigh tall Phlox
I love phlox and want to add them into some other
areas of the garden beds next year so I have been
collecting some seeds this summer as they bloomed.
So that will be a new project for trying some winter
I especially wanted to get more of these Nora Leigh
tall phlox growing with its lovely variegated leaves.
The Lantana plants will be trimmed and
brought in later. I want to leave them out
as long as I can and enjoy the blooms even
if they are slowing down now.
The two Rosebud pelargoniums will be brought
in also. I usually try to overwinter a few geraniums
either potted or by hanging them by their roots
in the basement. These two will stay potted up.
I am still deciding what other geraniums I want to
keep since I have so many or just let them go and
seed different and newer varieties next spring.
One can only keep so many geraniums in a small
Raspberry Swirl Pelargonium
I think I will keep this Raspberry Swirl
geranium. I love the markings on its pink petals.
Red Ice Pelargonium
I will most likely let go of this Red Ice geranium.
It was rather pretty but ran more toward an orange
color, which I am not that wild about.
Mesa Yellow Gaillardia
The Gaillardia’s were left standing since they will bloom
until a good frost or freeze.
The seeded Victoriana Dahlias will be left to the frosts
since all that seeded and grew were the white and yellow ones.
The one lovely burgundy seeded dahlia that did bloom
only had two blooms to my disappointment.
Gazania Big Kiss White Flame
Though the Gazania’s I grew from seed took a long time
to get started blooming they are rather lovely now so
seeds are being kept for next year and they will be let go of
when the cold weather takes them.
The Zahara Starlight Rose zinnia’s did not live up
to their advertised pictures of double beauties,
and from what I have seen it was not just my seeds
but those of other gardeners that tried them too.
They were pretty though so I saved seeds to broadcast
sow some in the sunny part of my Woodland bed
for next spring plantings.
The Coreopsis plants were cut down and cleaned up.
There are still bulbs to plant, if they ever get here, and
more plant decisions to be made still in the next few weeks.
The lawn furniture was also put away from the front
My Mums are just in the bud stage yet but should start
blooming soon to add some Fall color.
In the clean up of the shade garden this Hardy Cyclamen
which was forgotten was uncovered and had some blooms.
poor thing. It may just do better with a little light getting to
it now. LOL!
What Plants Are You Planning to Overwinter?
PS. Don’t Forget today is Fertilizer Friday over
at Tootsie Time with our Tootsie. So Flaunt Your
Flowers for Fall!!!