Six on Saturday - November 28, 2020

Here we are, at the end of November.  The weather has gotten very cold.  Nights regularly below freezing (oh, dear, I remembered I forgot to take the hose in) and the days next week not even reaching 50.  That's the forecast anyway.  The rain has stopped, but it's too cold to do much outside anyway.  I go out once a day to clean up after Boo, take a look at things, maybe pluck some dead foliage off, and come back in.  Some days Baby Cat doesn't even bother to come out with me, and if she does she races me to the door to go back in!   

So, it's Six on Saturday time

1 - Daylilies

The daylilies in the back are now cleaned up, which is good, as these three looked like a trio of dead Muppets! They've been given a layer of mulch.

















2 - Autumn Leaves

I don't have any big deciduous trees, just a few small sickly fruit trees, and shrubs that shed their leaves.  My big trees are evergreen.  So, it's not too bad to have the neighbor's leaves blow over to my yard.  They're quite pretty.  I think it's a sycamore?
The prettiest tree in the neighborhood, a white birch, was cut down the other day.  I saw that it was actually two trees, as there are now two gigantic stumps.  I kept meaning to pull over and take photos of the yellow leaves dropping down.  Now it's too late. 
 

3 - Blanketflower 
 
The blanketflowers don't seem to know how cold it is.  Or, maybe they do.  They are forming flowers which never really open, but are very pretty none the less.
 



 Do you ever take a photo and not see until you enlarge it for posting that it has a dog hair in it?  I do, and here's a Boo hair to prove it. 
 


 4 - White Flowering Dogwood
 
This is the dogwood I transplanted into the ground (far from the soggy part of the yard) in August is still living, and turned a pretty dark purplish color.  The pear I planted at the same time (grown from a seed) is still living too, but lost all its leaves and isn't much to look at!


5 - Black-Eyed Susan

Another flower that isn't behaving as usual in the cold is this small flowered black-eyed Susan.  I'd stopped deadheading to let it go to seed, so it looks a bit ragged at the top. 


6 - Pilea Peperomioides 
 
The pilea bought at Trader Joe's back in September 2019 has decent sized babies!  About time, I'd say.  There are four, and for now I'm leaving them in the mother plant pot.  I think that might be the last time I was in Trader Joe's! 


Enjoy your gardens, and keep healthy and safe.  Wear masks!  Even after we get a vaccine we need to wear them.  I didn't know that until recently.  The vaccine keeps us from getting sick, but we can still contract the virus and pass it on.  That sounds a lot different from the 'flu if you ask me! 




Comments

  1. Nice fall leaves, I think some Sycamore, some Maple..I have Blanketflower in South Florida, kind of weird?

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    1. Adds color to the nearly winter garden though!

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  2. I do love a white cornus. I planted one last year but it didn't flower so I'm keeping me fingers crossed for next year. The pilea babies look so cute and they're great to split off to give as presents. Your would make someone very happy.

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    1. On my street there is a pink dogwood which is amazing. Then it's out of bloom and looks like an ordinary tree!

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  3. I leave the dried daylilies leaves all winter round and they disappear in the spring, producing green manure I think.
    It's a bit ugly in winter on the other hand compared to yours...

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    1. I don't like to leave it because for me it gets slimy and I don't like it on top of the new growth, which is already starting. I may be wrong, it just seems so anaerobic and unhealthy!

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  4. I think it's good to remove the daylily leaves. I haven't done mine, but I mean to. I read that daylily rust (which can be a problem in warmer winters like last year's) isn't a problem if you remove all the leaves. This gray, cold weather, though, destroys incentive doesn't it?

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    1. I have to look into that, I didn't know about daylily rust. Well, we are having a pretty cold fall, so I'm not sure winter will be mild!

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  5. I can't tell you how many times I think a picture is fine until I edit it and find a hair or a random string. Ugh.

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    1. Sometimes I go back out to pick at it and take another hair free photo! Mostly it's too late.

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