First of all I sneaked in a few more tulip bulbs into one of the newer gardens. They always like the spring surprise of where new tulips will blossom.
|Nope, not baby mice - Sweet potato vine tubers - I rescued them - not sure if they are edible, but thought I would try to propagate them for next spring - any ideas how to go about that process?|
Then it was dig and deadhead time. They have a small flatbead trailer which was backed up to the house. Over the course of five hours, I slowly heaped it to overflowing - how does that much plant material grow in one short season? Then it was four hours on the lawn tractor, mulching leaves and the final haircut of 2011. I tried to use the leaf sucker around the house and gardens, but the majority of the leaves were just too wet, and the unit kept plugging. The 'castle' boast second and third story balconies. At the end of the day, I went up there, ripped out all the cascading vines and wave petunias from the planters. That was kind of sad, as the frost had still not really damaged them, and the petunias were blasting out one final volley. Then it was carry the planters down, bring them home and put them in the greenhouse, ready to start all over again next spring. Just seems it was a few short weeks ago, I was planting, and being so careful to nurture every single plant. Yesterday it was hack and slash, rip and tear. Needless to say, this morning, my hands and back feel like I singlehandedly slew a dragon.
|Just a tiny portion of the canna lily tubers - most I left in the ground, as they do tend to multiply like rabbits.|
|The much traveled planters peacefully reposing in my greenhouse, until next spring.|
And that is about all I have to say for today.
Musings and meanderings from the Musical Gardener.