My wonderful husband and I did a lot in the garden this weekend. I'll post about his main project tomorrow. Otherwise, there were a lot of little gardening chores taken care of.
Let's start with Saturday! The weather was beautiful!
It has been a while since it rained at Garden on Sherlock Street so I rotated running water through the soaker hoses all day. Bulbs were planted and some general garden cleanup was started. I let most of the perennials stand through the winter to cut back in the spring. It usually adds winter interest to the beds, catches more snow to get that important moisture and gives the birds some place to feed/hide.
Below is the chocolate flower I planted in the spring. It's looking spent but is still producing small yellow blooms. It is also making seed. I have been collecting the seeds to scatter throughout the front shrub border. The catalog says it reseeds easily. I'm hoping this is true.
The burning bushes are just starting to show their name. I love red leaves in the fall and this is the best way to guarantee some at GonSS.
The flying flowers were very active Saturday.
I have been trying to photograph one of these all summer. Finally, I got it including the back end of our pickup in the driveway. It is what it is.
Here's the harvest from Saturday. It's dwindling but nice to still get fresh produce.
I harvested all of the ornamental gourds. It's time for fall decorating!
I don't know what these are called but they grow easily and are fun.
These are such cute little striped pumpkins.
Here's the volunteer bird house gourd.
These are snake gourds. Although they made a lot of different shapes.
We made two new flower beds this past spring using chunks of concrete we had saved from removing a shed. We placed the pieces for one bed smooth side up and the pieces for the other bed smooth side down. After looking at them both all summer, we both decided we both preferred smooth side DOWN. So, my wonderful husband flipped the ones that were smooth side up.
Sunday was just as beautiful.
I tackled the wild area of GonSS. The sunflowers went to seed recently so I cut them down and added them to the pile.
The moon flower was buried by morning glories and sunflowers. It looks a little rough but is making its spiky seed pods.
I emptied the rain barrels watering various containers and vegetables. Then, I turned them upside down on the pile to drain completely. I do spray them out with the garden hose to try to clean out the sludge which accumulates at the bottom, but I don't get worried about getting it all.
After being "cleaned," I sit the rain barrels back on their stands upside down for the winter.
I'm hoping to save my caladium bulbs to replant next year. I unearthed them and am waiting for the foliage to dry before cutting it off.
Since the fish from the water container are now at my parents' farm, I emptied it as well. I put the hornwort and the snails in a bucket to bring in the house over winter.
The water container will hold a birdbath through the winter.
Since it has been such a mild fall, there are several containers still looking good. I grouped almost all of them onto the patio. It stays warmer there and it could keep them looking good if we only get light frosts for awhile. In the background is the other project I mentioned. Post on that tomorrow.