I did not get a call to supply teach yesterday, so it was a good opportunity to work on a couple of clients' gardens. The first is an elderly gentleman, who has been hospitalized for the past week. His wife called on Saturday to see if I would be able to come and put their gardens to bed for the winter. I had good intentions of going that morning and then the rain started.
So yesterday morning I tackled it, pulled all the annuals that I planted last spring, and lopped the tops off all the perennials. Then I emptied all the rain barrels, and put a quick application of slow release fall fertilizer on the lawn. Finally I emptied the hanging baskets and brought the geraniums home to store in my cold cellar until next spring.
In the afternoon, I went to another client's garden. I was there last week and dug out two fairly large mugo pines that had decided to expire. I purchased two globe blue spruce to replace them. So yesterday I dug the holes and planted two rather magnificent specimens, if I do say so myself. Then I split hostas and Siberian iris and put them in around the edges of the bed. Unfortunately the mugos had shaded two sides of a nice spherical cedar, so I did some fancy twisting and tying to try and retrain some good branches to fill in the bare spots. Time will tell if my manipulations were successful or not. Then I spent quite a while dead heading and cleaning up the rest of her beds. Two down, one big one to go, and then my own. But its sort of like the cobbler's wife going barefoot - I never get my stuff done in the fall, and I end up cleaning up once the snow retreats in the spring.
As I was perusing my garden I came across a surprise. The little iris that re-bloomed in August, is doing it again in October - that would be a triple blooming iris - don't imagine that one happens very often. So it was put in some tulips here, cut the morning glories off the trellis and put the last two clematis plants in that I bought in August - hopefully they will survive the winter. They should have been in earlier, but I couldn't disturb the roots of the morning glories to do so.
|October 17, 2011|
|I think it is actually a more vibrant blue in the colder weather.|
|Adios my good friend, may we meet again next year.|
|Amethyst berries just starting to colour up.|
And that is about all I have to say for today.
Musings and meanderings from the Musical Gardener.