Its time for garden cleanup here and with a half-acre garden I need to start early. I love cleaning up in the fall as I get to enjoy the subtleties of the changing seasons. The leaves are beginning to change colour and the plants are setting seed. The birds are loving the seed heads and I will leave many plants standing for them to feed upon.
I noticed that the dogwood has its fruit just waiting for the birds to come and enjoy it.
The Asters are in full bloom much to the bee’s delight. I planted this clump in a container last year and its done well with minimal watering.
I combined the Aster with a grass called ‘Morning Light’ which didn’t do as well as I thought it would. I removed a couple of clumps of dead growth in hopes it will do better next year. I filled the container with Heuchera that I had propagated. One plant gave me about fifteen new plants and they had to go somewhere. On the right the Heuchera leaves are beginning to change colour. I had brought a huge pot of Artemisia home last year when my mom moved to a condo. So far I have only planted it in this container but have enough to do a whole garden in the spring. I will leave the Lemon Gem Marigolds for a couple more weeks. It’s hard to remove plants that are doing so well and Marigolds will often bloom until first frost.
What surprised me yesterday was seeing honeysuckle in bloom. I know what you are thinking. It’s so invasive. Well, this plant actually died back for over a year and now its back. Hubby may have weeded it out by accident, we are not sure. Having fragrance in the garden in late September is a bonus. There is lots of room for it to grow on the thirty foot long arbor.
The Roses are quickly fading but they are producing hips adding red to the garden.
This is a climber along my back fence. Can you believe there are still buds on this plant?
As I tidy the garden I plan for the following year. Do I need to add some bulbs here? Where am I lacking in colour? Can I ever beat the battle with morning glory and horsetail? I know that answer. Asters, Sedum and Rudbeckia finish the show in my garden. Rose leaves drop by the hundreds under the arbor and its a daily job to clean them up. I am never too tidy in the garden as I leave bits of twigs and plant debris behind. That leftover debris is valuable nesting material come spring. Some gardens are left to be covered in a mulch of leaves. Others are cleaned up to prevent disease, especially under the roses.
The bees are still busy in the garden enjoying the flowers in bloom. There is always something blooming in my garden. Once the Sedum and Asters finish the Viburnum bodnantense will burst into bloom for the winter. It’s another month yet until frost arrives so its time to enjoy the crisp cool mornings and sunny days that are left.