With a little warm up or Indian Summer weather this week a final cleanup of the garden beds and other chores were taken care of.
The last of the leaves were raked from the beds and mowed up in the yard. All except for the Oak leaves which will continue to blow in from the woods and deposit themselves onto the front porch through the rest of Fall and into Winter.They always manage to end up on the front porch or into the small pond. Oak leaves take forever to break up and I complain about them every Fall.
The roses were all trimmed back all except for a couple that still have one bloom or bud hanging on. I did not have the heart to cut them off even if they were a little tattered from some hungry insects.
The dahlia’s were cut off and the bulbs taken into the basement to overwinter until next Spring.
The argyranthemum Butterfly Yellow survived the frosts.
The chrysanthemums that were bought for Fall decoration and color had fizzled out so they were taken from their pots and since they were hardy mums I planted them into the flowerbeds.
There were a few blooms on the Mesa Gaillardia left yet but I only saw one Bumblebee laying on this bloom. It was either sleeping in the sun or drunk on the pollen because it never moved as I worked around it.
The Impatiens were cooked by the frosts so they were all jerked from the Tipsy Pots and the pots were covered for the winter to keep them from cracking.
The gnome and fairy garden was put away. These little things would get lost in the snow. Cannot have them getting a chill. LOL!
The Burgundy Glow Ajuga and Irish Moss will be fine.
The Grape Hyacinths are a little mixed up and were trying to come up in the little garden around the Irish moss.
And for my own record keeping I planted Wednesday:
5 Purple Rooster Monarda
5 Rosy Returns Lilies
5 Shelford pink Foxtail Lilies
5 Nicky Phlox
5 Franz Schubert Phlox
5 Red Jewel Hemeniums
1 Harvest Moon Echinacea
Today is Fertilizer Friday so do not forget to “Flaunt You Flowers”
with our gal Glenda at ”Tootsie Time”.
The rain barrel was drained and covered for the winter.
So the garden is bedded in for the winter for the most part and this old gardeners back is aching. LOL!
It is late Autumn now when even one bloom seems like a bouquet to us.
Have you got all your Fall gardening chores done?
Everyone have a great weekend &