Saturday, October 19, 2013

My Autumn Projects

I cut down all of my deck containers today--just in time as we may get some snow flurries next week. DH's marigolds stilled looked good, so I moved them to the front yard where they work nicely with the pumpkin dΓ©cor.
 Despite many night's in the 30's, my tropical containers still look good.  Being under a roof overhang and next to the house shelters them in their own little mini climate. I have not even covered them.

Since my last post, I have planted some Japanese Silver Grass with my Limelights in the old apple tree border.

If you look closely at the pic below, you will see our latest addition to the landscape...the white corner fence.
DH worked very hard digging 2 ft deep holes in our rocky ground.  At first he did not think he could go down the full 24 inches, but perseverance paid off and he finally got all three holes level.

Here is the area last week after the removal of three trees and a long perennial garden where nothing would grow & the addition of new top soil:
and here it is today--almost ready to be planted.  The new grass will have to wait until next spring.
My intention is to use just 2 mop heads and one Ninebark. The color scheme will be  the same chartreuse/dark purple that I have on each side of the front porch:
It will look exactly like this, except there will be a mop head on each side of the Ninebark. Once planted it should be as close to maintenance free as any border can be.

I hope you have all been enjoying autumn in your area of the country!


  1. Your plants and gardens still do look good for the near end of October! I like the corner garden area. It will look pretty when you get the grass and plants in.

  2. Hi Dianne,
    It is unusual to have the containers for this long! I will be looking forward to next year to get that border done.

  3. Your plants still look good. I need to go out and clean up my garden for winter, but the weather is going to get cold next week. Hope to having some more warm days though for cleanup.

    1. Hi Betty, It was only 29 degrees here this morning! It still turned out to be a beautiful day (low 50's and sunshine). I still have cleanup to do too, but if I don't get to it, I can do it in the spring. :)

  4. Hi Zoey--your garden is still looking good. It's quite late this year--or does it just feel that way? My dahlias are still blooming like crazy despite numerous frosts. Hubby and I went for a walk out back and it started sleeting. It won't be long now! I think Tuesday they said snow. I hate to say it, but I'm looking forward to winter.

    1. Hi Sue,
      It seems late to me, too. This morning my garage planters got hit hard by the frost--all the coleus are now black. My dahlias were still blooming, too. I finally had to cut them down yesterday because I won't have time now for a couple of weeks. It turned out to be only a day early as they, too, would have been blackened by this morning's frost. I checked out your blog yesterday and the fall color is really gorgeous in your neighborhood!

      I don't mind winter either--I am ready to forget gardening for six months.

  5. You are really into a major renovation! I love the color changes of Ninebark. I am rethinking my back garden without all of the roses, too many Japanese Beetles.



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