Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tonight I cut down the Rest of the Container Plants

Since my only Pineapple Lily bloom still looked good, I decided to bring it inside. I stuck it in an amber vase and put it in the middle of the candy dish I got last week  from my retired friend.

I dug up the few cannas I had planted in the ground and tossed them in a box in the garage to dry out.

Then, as much as it hurt me to do so,  I cut down my lovely Mandevilla vine.
I would really love to save this vine for next year. But I am not good at saving things inside through the winter. I would have to put it in the basement and remember to water it all through the winter....all the leaves will fall off and make an incredible mess....the plant will probably get some kind of bug....aphids or something........do I really want to do it? I cut it back and stuck it on the deck for now....

It already looks pathetic!  I will probably make a meager attempt to save it because it is not likely that I will be able to buy one next year.  In my small town we can never count on getting the same plants from year to year.

I will leave you tonight with a few fall color shots from my back yard.  
Standing on the deck:
 One of my burning bushes....they are the Grand Ladies of my fall color!
 Looking from the mandevilla vine just before I cut it down:
Looking from the dead hosta foliage in the milk can in the picture above:
Standing on the deck looking through the Buddelia.  Look how tiny the butterfly bush blooms are--just little purple nubs!:


  1. Hi Zoey, I'm with you on overwintering stuff, so many times I try, but as you said, forget to water or overwater and then there's a big mess to clean up in the spring, and yes, I understand completely. :-) I haven't started fall cleanup yet, so along with your home renovations, you are WAY ahead of me. The garden still looks so beautiful, your burning bushes are stunning!

  2. Wow...those trees give you lovely fall color...so wonderful!

  3. Hi Zoey, I am into the same process you are going through. This is a lot more difficult than springtime planting. I have loaded several yard bags already with a lot more to go. I am also into moving lots of things around that did not do well this year.

    Oh Well, we are gardeners!


  4. I overwintered mandevilla one year and it took forever for it to bloom the next year. I may do it again...What a beautiful view from your deck. So colorful..Have a nice week. Balisha

  5. Yes, I think it's time to say goodbye to the flower gardens for another year. Did it seem like a short season to you?...did to me!

  6. I will be back to catch up on your posts but right now I just wanted to invite you to my birthday party on my blog...get ready to do the jitterbug:-) xoxo

  7. Your garden looks fabulous in fall! It's so sad to cut down those plants, though.

  8. Oh your burning bush is beautiful!! so I am guessing you have had frost? we've had two light ones.

    (I'm really behind in reading your blog, so sorry)

  9. Zoey, what is that beautiful purple flower near the round stepping stones? Asters, perhaps?

  10. Just look at all the fall colors starting in that wooded area. That one tree is a beautiful shade of red leaves! I noticed it as I was closing my comments.


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