Six on Saturday - October 31, 2020
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.
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.