What is your favorite garden memory of the season?
Mine has to be discovering that an expensive daylily that I thought had died
was alive and blooming this year.
Back to weeding and other fall clean up
My favorite thing is that I was able to not water. I have not watered
the lawn one time. All the native plants are thriving and it's a
great feeling to let go of plants which didn't make it. Making this
decision has taken a lot of angst out of my gardening life!
On Tue, 18 Sep 2007 09:52:54 -0400, Cheryl Isaak
Well, here in central Texas if we want trees to remain healthy or for
any turf to remain green we need to water. My water bill in summer is
generally twice that of winter bills. I do water my tubs of
brugmansia's and this winter the greenhouse is going up for production
of brugmansia's to sell in spring to the locals so I will use rain
water for those. I have 6 collection barrels now and it takes me
through the winter nicely for greenhouse production.
Hard to pick just one, but a few were:
* Bearded Irises, planted last fall, came up vigorous and beautiful
* Okra, something I've never grown before, took off. Tall plants with
beautiful (short-lived) flowers and lots of okra to eat.
* Mistflower, thoroughwort, and goldenrod all blooming now. In this
sense it is hard to think of the season as over. The fall planting
season (perennials, mostly) is in full swing now that the really hot
weather should be over.
best... finding that the peonies I put in the frig last fall (from
next door who ripped them all out) and forgot to plant until July not
only came up, one of them put out a flower.
worst.... the person who used to help my mother garden, who I hired to
help me out pulled up my mother's aster (my mother died 3 years ago).
Last time she pulled up all the arabis I had been bringing along to be
huge spreads. sigh.
I know this too. No matter what I've done, including taking photo's
of plants and handing it to the person hired to NOT pull these out,
they are pulled. I have a pretty extensive collection of salvia out
there and some pretty rare, now gone. Eh.
I find the best way is if I work with someone. The good news is that
over the years my husband has learned quite a bit about weeds, pruning
and he now feels confident enough to go out there and do things on his
own. Big stuff, not the little stuff.
A big trick of having him help me is that I back off and if he makes a
mistake I don't go all full of histrionic on him.
Getting good workers is difficult and I pay ten dollars an hour (which
is pretty generous for what I ask people do).
Yes, but it's a relative amount. Down here, someone can live nicely
on ten dollars an hour. Not in the lap of luxury,but in a pretty
beautiful apartment complex, own a car, etc. Come down here and I
will pay you 20 dollars an hour any time! My garden is a tangle of
weeds this year. Poor thing.
If I still lived up on Long Island the pay would be much more. It's
relative. I am not taking advantage of anyone; and I'm not saying you
implied that I am. I would love to be able to do it all myself, but
those days are over.
On Thu, 20 Sep 2007 12:17:39 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I hear ya.
But when the puller in question is your partner/spouse, it isn't quite
that simple :-).
The current method seems to be a tag and/or stake next to every wanted
plant. We'll see how that works. Volunteers which we might want to
keep will be the real challenge.
On 9/18/07 11:04 AM, in article email@example.com, "Jim
I love my fall bloomers too. I have a "mum" that I was given years ago that
starts blooming in October and will go through all but the hardest of
frosts. I've had fresh color on it in December (ok,it is sheltered but
The best thing about this time of year in this climate is that
everything blooms again. Heat stress shuts the garden down for a while,
but the least bit of relief, even if it's only shorter days, brings it
back loaded for bear. Flowering shrubs have a flush of new blooms, and
tomatoes and peppers set blossoms after weeks of heat-induced dormancy.
Sadly, few of any of blossoms will see fruition. Frost will kill them
before that can happen.
Daytime temps have been in the seventies and eighties here, a huge
relief from 90 and 100 degree temps of just a couple of weeks ago. Night
time temps range from the 50s to the 70s. The air smells like leaves.
Strawberry plants are almost ready for cut back and cover. There is one
lone watermelon left on a vine. Tender herbs want to move back home.
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