As we get closer and closer to winter I try to absorb everything that’s happening in the garden. I don’t want it to end. It’s a long season here and I know I need to rest and prepare for the next gardening season. It’s so hard to let it go. I love gardening and wonder what will fill my time over the next couple of months.
Fall colour is everywhere and I am watching my garden for the best colour show. Above, the blueberry shrubs are bright red in contrast to the Smoke bush or Cotinus behind it. I love going out early in the morning to take photos. Dew is still on the leaves and the light is perfect.
Blueberries are such a treat in the garden. I had a bumper crop of berries from this plant and now its rewarding me with late season colour as well.
The Japanese dogwood or Cornus kousa is sporting its fall colour but I see signs of drought in the brown tips of the leaves.
I leave most of the Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ standing over the winter. I would rather see brown flower heads than nothing at all.. It also leaves seed heads for the birds to feast on during those cold winter months.
The old Azaleas have been weeded and topped of with some new compost. The leaves of this plant turning a golden colour before they drop off. This is a deciduous Azalea with bright salmon coloured flowers in Late May. The plant is one of the oldest in the garden. It recently went through a hard pruning and its filled out nicely with new branches emerging from the roots.
Leaves from the sweet gum or Liquidambar styraciflua cover our front lawn. I love this leaf! They will be raked on to the front garden to act as a mulch.
I have yet to cut back some of the perennial flowers and I may not get it all done. That’s okay as mother nature will knock them down for me and have them return next year even if I don’t find time. This is our sitting area when we work in the front garden. It looks like we need a bit of repair to one chair. Time to add it to our list of spring projects.
The Campanula persicifolia won’t stop blooming. What I found out quickly last year is not to cut the perennials back too soon. With our extended summers well into October, if you cut them back too early the plants grow back.
Leaves, leaves and more leaves. This year we are mulching the leaves with the lawnmower and keeping bags of them for next year. Yes we are making leaf mold for use in the summer garden. I took this photo earlier in the week. Please, no one complain about leaves unless you want to come over to our garden. This had been cleaned up two days prior. Farmer Jim got straight to work. He was excited about our new experiment making leaf mold. He has a great lawnmower that will chop up the leaves.
See how well it took them up. The leaves were chopped up and he placed them in large heavy-duty black garbage bags. We will store the leaves in an out-of-the-way area until they decompose. By next summer we should be able to open the bags and have leaf mold. We will use it to mulch our gardens to retain moisture. If we have another hot summer like this year our gardens will need a good thick layer of mulch. The whole front lawn of leaves was cleaned up in less than thirty minutes. All I can say is I don’t miss using a rake. By shredding them, all the leaves fit into two bags. That’s it!