Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Waiting On A Killing Frost

Fall cleanup of the vegetable garden is almost complete at Garden on Sherlock Street.  We have not yet had a killing frost.  The candy roaster squash and a couple of pumpkins still have green stems.  Everything else is either done or has stopped producing with the cooler weather.

I cleaned around these plants.

The candy roaster squash are new to me.  A friend shared some seeds and said to use them as I would butternut squash.  If you've eaten candy roaster squash before, I welcome recipes for them.  Please share.

Happy Note:  My mom was released from the hospital and is recovering well.  Thanks for all the well wishes.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Cheyenne Sky

A few years ago, I ordered some prairie switch grass called Cheyenne Sky.  I planted it in the back shrub border where it was shaded too much and never looked good.

Last year, I moved it to this bed.  After getting established, it seems to have settled in and really filled out this summer.  Now, it is getting the burgundy tips and making seed heads.  It looks good from all angles.

On a personal note, my mom had heart surgery last week.  The doctor had been monitoring her for a few years and it became obvious that blood was not flowing as it was needed.  She got a new aortic valve and two bypasses last Wednesday.  She is recovering well.  A lot of my gardening time has been spent at the hospital.  It is nice that she is in our city where I can bop over to see her often.

Be well and enjoy each day.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Autumn Pansies

It's time to shuffle the containers at Garden on Sherlock Street.  The houseplants are inside for winter.  I then shuffle the remaining outside containers to fill in the gaps this causes.

This year, I purchased pansies for the fall for the first time.  The tag 'guarantees' they will survive winter and bloom again in the spring.  We'll see.
I'm going to leave my purple fountain grass containers outside this winter (the grass always dies, but it'll be more interesting to have the dry grass sitting there than nothing this winter).  I've tucked the container of pansies in between where I used to have a clay container (clay can't stay outside here in the winter.)  

Grow pansies, grow!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Jack Frost Is Now Welcome

We had a very warm September at Garden on Sherlock Street.  Now, into October, we're still over 80 degrees Fahrenheit.  I've had plenty of time to bring in the houseplants and other containers I'm hoping to overwinter.  With the possibility of a frost this weekend, I rounded up the final geraniums as well as a lavender I dug out of the ground and a little start of lemon grass which I hope will root into a container to save.  The gang's all here.  The family room once again looks lush.