My containers are getting a bit of a sprucing up this week. I couldn’t look at them any more. The basil is doing fine but the Marigolds are going to seed and the Liatris needs cutting back.
This container was full of spring blooming Tulip bulbs and the Liatris followed so I had something in bloom for quite a long time. I always leave the bulbs in the container and top plant over them in the summer.
I clipped the Liatris in the center right back. The foliage was yellowing and it should be fine to get through the winter. I yanked out the Marigolds and will gather seeds from them for next year. I left the basil in the pot as it’s just outside my front door. That makes it easy on rainy days to pinch some basil leaves off for dinner. Lets hope the basil lasts for a few more weeks.
After I cleaned up the Liatris planting I dragged one of my little benches over to one side of the door. Its one of those freebies I picked up a couple of years ago. I added the lettering last year and use it for seating in the garden.
Next I brought a planter from the back yard that my daughter had given me when she moved and couldn’t take it with her. I love this little tree. I believe it’s a Donard Monterey Cypress. I love the foliage on these trees but a word of caution, they are commonly sold as slow growing trees. Not! Once planted they seem to take off. This has tripled in size in just two years. Maybe its our rainfall that they like. I replaced the annual flowers around this tree with some pansies and a white Heather. I like Heather for its blooms in fall and spring. I am not sure how hardy this one is. Its foliage is a bit finer than other varieties. We will see if it makes it over the winter. I was going to add some Heuchera to the container as well but haven’t done that yet. There is also some Thyme still growing in this container and it will be left in there.
My little scarecrow looks like he is ready for fall. All I need to add is a few pumpkins to the bench and I am done.
I made the trip to the pumpkin farm and was wowed by all the different kinds I could choose from. I like the orange warty pumpkin I bought. I have more pumpkins coming from my garden but haven’t picked them yet.
Last year I came home one day to find this witch sign in my front garden. It was hubby’s idea of a joke and he just waited until I saw it hiding in the shrubs, very carefully placed pointing at our front door. It was all in fun so I brought it out and placed it in one of my containers.
Well, this is what I have done so far. I have a bale of straw to use up but plans are still in the works for that. It’s not much but a start.
Until I harvest more pumpkins I will leave this bouquet of flowers outside. I was digging up my Dahlias for winter storage and picked a nice bouquet for myself.
There are still so many flowers in bloom. It hardly seems like time for fall decorating but winter will be here before we know it.