Next year....how many times do we hear gardeners say those words? We start saying that as soon as the gardens start to take off. Next year, I'll do it this way, next year I'll plant this, next year I'll do it differently. I'm guilty of this....I start in as soon as I see something beautiful in another's garden, or as soon as the weather just doesn't cooperate and I have to drag that hose, or as soon as I see something that I like, in a color that I've never been crazy about. I make notes during the growing season and also this blog is good for keeping track of what did well and what has to go. I go back and look at pictures that I post, and see how things looked at certain times of the year. This year I've been seeing pretty much the same old... same old. So here I go...next year I want to make some simple changes.
First of all....my container on the corner in front is made of a fibrous material...kind of like those things that they use in funerals and cemeteries....to hold flowers. I don't know where it came from, but it has to go. It dries out so quickly and has to be watered sometimes twice a day. It was a dark color and I wanted that at the time.
The plants that I put there did well, however. The little filler below, a purplish-blue flower called Whirlwind Blue Fan Flower (scaevola) has bloomed it's head off. It has filled in beautifully and cascades down, covering some of the pot. I'll be sure to get this one again. The plant that I thought I would like....Kent's Beauty Ornamental Oregano...really didn't appeal to me as it grew. I had high hopes for this, but it is too pale in color and right now, I want color.
I've been looking at Crocosmia Neptune... and think that I might like to try this for a change. Talk about color! I'll have to move some things out of the way, so this can have an undisturbed location. I wish that it could be planted in the fall, but everywhere I go they say available for spring shipment. When I get an idea...I like to go with it and not have to wait a whole season. I may place this where the container was and not bother with the container next year. The purple asters are about to bloom... just behind where I want to place this plant. The asters often look kind of dried and ratty on the bottom and the foliage of the crocosmia would cover that. I like the combination of purple and orange too.
This year has been a dream year for gardeners in my area. Nice days and not too hot. I've been able to work in the garden most everyday. A little at a time is the way I like to do it now. I have found that if you keep at it, working for small increments of time, it all gets done. Things always look tidy. I don't work for hours there anymore...maybe as little as 20 min a day keeps things up.
Soon, the dreaded fall cleanup will be upon us. I'm starting already by taking in some of the garden ornaments, clearing some of the foliage that can be taken down now.....like hosta stalks. While I do that, I often cut back some things. The hostas are the hardest things to clean up in the fall....and I have a lot of hostas. Leaving them until they turn color gives the garden a little fall color and at the same time soften the leaves so they can just be raked out.
Oh, I get tired just thinking about it all. A day at a time, Balisha. Just a few minutes a day and it will be done. Then hours in the house finding things to do, and looking out the window at snow.