Six on Saturday - October 31, 2020

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Not a terribly inspired or inspiring post today.  The garden is slowing down and going dormant.  I've been cutting the perennials back to soil level.  It's been dry, so I had to lug the hoses out, reconnect them (they were disconnected to protect the faucets from freezes), and water.

1 - The Toss Garden

The earliest black-eyed Susans are just dried seed heads.  Some later varieties are still blooming, and a few of the old ones are giving it another go, although on very, very short stems.  The borage is blooming the same short way.  It's like they know cold is coming and there's no time to grow to full height, so put out those seeds asap.




2 - A Last Rose

Maybe a last rose, it seems to be perking up.  Unknown kind, it came with the house.  I keep thinking it's on the way out, but it comes back.  I kind of want the space for something new!  Roses are pretty in someone else's yard, I prefer things with a bit less maintenance.  

3 - The Pollinator Garden

Cut back except for the 'Angel' Shasta daisies and some annuals at the far end.  Nothing stays cut back for long though.

4 -Coreopsis Division

When I cut it/them back I noticed the UpTick™ was getting a bit congested.  It's been growing undisturbed since spring 2017.  I dug out chunks, pulled them apart and stuck them in pots.  I'll put them in the front yard come spring.  I've read that it's not recommended to prune back coreopsis at all (it will kill it), as well as to prune it back 1/2 its height, or to cut it within 4"-6" of the soil.  I disagree!  In zone 8b I cut them completely down, and you can see by the photo below its already working on next year's growth.  Kill coreopsis?  A nearly impossible feat!

 If I didn't cut back my coreopsis I'd have a huge mess of new and old growth come spring.  It's hardy to zone 4, so I don't understand the warnings.  I don't think I've ever had a coreopsis die!  I do leave the thread-leaf baby one alone though, it's small and fragile.

 

5 - Butterfly Garden

All cut back.  The clumps of green are new growth of Russell lupine, Lemony catnip, Persian catmint, yarrow, and of course, coreopsis, two kinds.  The shadows are a row of daylilies in containers.

6 - Kalettes

Disappointingly, I won't get to try kalettes.  They become infested with aphids.  Such pretty plants. Too slow for me though, they were still forming after growing all year.  It isn't sour grapes to say I probably wouldn't have liked them anyway.  I dislike kale and am not too fond of Brussels sprouts, and those make up the kalette.


Have a Happy Halloween.  Keep it happy by keeping safe and well, so skip the trick-or-treating.  
 


Comments

  1. Looks like you're almost ready for winter.

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    1. I am, just want to get some compost/mulch to spread on the beds and around some plants. There are no average winters, sometimes there is no snow, then a year will come along with lots.

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  2. I understand what you mean about roses. Although they have glorious flowers, they seem to have a lot of problems as well. Yours is very pretty though, and looks healthy.

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    1. It is pretty healthy right now. I actually cut it near to the ground last year, I think it was, and thought it might die, but it was better than before. This one hasn't have any aphid problems, which I've seen before. Neither do the climbing roses.

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  3. Today was also the preparations for winter ... I turned off the outside water tap, and installed fleeces to protect the plants here and there. It is very mild today but in 3 days maybe the first frosts will arrive ...
    I like the cinder blocks (or bricks?) which circle the bed in # 3: practical for planting flowers around it.
    Lovely rose at #2 !!

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    1. Yes, cinder blocks, or now concrete blocks since they don't contain actual cinders. These have holes large enough to plant. The end one here has a calendula, and had several bachelor buttons too. One bush beans fits nicely per hole.

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  4. We put our community garden plot and raised bed to "bed" on Wednesday. Another gardening season spent. Husband did our seed inventory of leftover seed yesterday, and the prediction is snow overnight. So now, we all prepare for next year. I love that lavender colored rose but will have to admire it from afar.

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    1. Oh, dear, snow... Seed inventory is fun! If you wintersow, that's coming up too! A lot of gardeners start that the day after Christmas.

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  5. Sorry you're not feeling too inspired. There's something going around to that effect. I'm finally reading all the SoS entries on election night because of anxiety. Ha! Your clear pink rose is very pretty, Lisa. Kind of perfect, actually. Does it have a strong fragrance? I never gave much thought to roses, either. Then I grew to love English shrub roses that do well here. Their fragrance is sublime. Other than deadheading and one major pruning in March I leave them alone -- and they gift me with great blooms for months.

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    1. I know what you mean about tonight. I keep wandering from thing to thing. The rose does have a nice fragrance, I think because it's an old variety.

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