Yesterday it was overcast, misty, but very comfortable to work outside. I put on my boots, a light jacket, and a hat. I took my hubby's cameo hat (first thing I grabbed) and I was out the door. Hubby was not too happy. It's his FAVORITE hat. Oh well ....
I moved around some siberian iris and some young foxglove plants from a nursery bed to my front garden bed. This was the first year for the foxgloves and they put out nice growth for their first year. Since they are biennal, they should bloom late next spring 2019. I planted them in front of a patch of what will be spring blooming daffodils, so I'm hoping they are tall enough to cover the daffs fading foliage. I don't remember what kind of foxgloves they were.
I also dug up 5 Astilbe plants (red and white ones) which had been planted behind a few peonies and replanted them IN FRONT of the peonies instead. They had been there quite a few years. Unfortunately, the flowers and pretty foliage were barely visible behind the peonies this past spring. The peonies were very tall and full this year. I don't know if the astibles will look better or worse next spring, but at least I will be able to see them since they bloom after the peonies anyway. I also mixed in a few Oriental Lillies in the Astilbe border, too.
Two years ago I had planted tall alliums behind my peonies and I fell in love with them. Taller than the peonies, they looked stunning in the back of the border. This year I bought more allium bulbs for that spot.
Still have other bulbs to plant ... yellow daffodils and some mixed daffs as well as hyacinths and windflowers. I'm hoping it will cool off within the next few weeks to get them all planted by the beginning of October.
I can't wait til Fall is in full swing. It's my favorite time of the year!
Well, it's now September 5th. If you read my last post back in March, I just want to let you know -- the SNOW finally did melt sometime back in April.
Back to the present. It may be early September, but it feels more like mid-July! Been hot, muggy, and just awful for days. Feels more like Florida. I hate hot weather!
And now wet weather will be on the way for 5 days or so. I hate very WET weather, too. We have had a lot of rain since late Spring. There were long stretches that would last for days. Mother Nature's been having one heck of a hissy fit!
Anyway, the garden is winding down some. Some plants still look great. Others look like Hell! In another week or so I'll probably buy some nice potted mums to replace the ugly pots of stringy-looking petunias in my front yard. I have to say though, my petunias in my windowboxes on the back deck still look terrific! I've probably cut them back 4-5 times all summer. A few weeks ago I had cut back some tall garden Phlox and they are reblooming again.
I have already bought some new bulbs to plant this Fall - Daffodils, Windflowers, and Alliums. Will probably plant them sometime in early October. Here in the Poconos it's possible that we can get an early snow even before Halloween. With the weather being so crazy this year ... who knows?
Early last month (August) I began rearranging my front garden and moved some perennials around. For the past two weeks, I've been waiting for it to cool down before I will continue to dig up more perennials. At least I was able to move some Siberian Iris, a little Miss Kim Lilac, a small Anthony Waterer Spirea, and some Bleeding Hearts. I also have some seedlings I started growing about 6 weeks ago that will have to be planted soon - hollyhocks and butterfly weed. I also have some nice young starter plants of Walkers Low Catmint that I took cuttings of awhile back.
I have quite a few things to keep me busy this Fall. Just hope the weather cooperates! GEESH!
Snow. And more snow. Snow ... Snow ... Snow. I HATE SNOW! Grrrrr!!!!
I feel like I'm up to my eyeballs in the white stuff. I like snow in the Winter, but this year it's worse than any I can remember living up here in the Poconos. And I've been here for 17 years!
We have gotten over 40 inches of snow in the last 2 1/2 weeks. It's not the light and fluffy kind. Oh, no. It's heavy, wet, and seemingly unending. There's another strong probability that another Nor'easter is heading this way again sometime next week. Hubby & I are supposed to leave Wed. the 21st in the a.m. for sunny Florida to see the the kids, and grandkids. Should be interesting since the new SNOW is due to arrive Tuesday into Wednesday. We shall see ....
Since I haven't been able to to see the soil for a LONG time, I've been making due with just taking care of my houseplants and prepping milk/water containers for some Spring sowing when we get back from vacation. Sort of like Winter Sowing ... but planting cold hardy seeds in April works just as well as if I had truly winter sowed seeds in January. In April, germination will be quicker and I should have decent sized seedlings to plant out in early June.
I don't do much indoor seed starting, but I do sow Morning glories & moonflower seeds inside to get a jump start since they don't bloom until late in the summer season. I just hope that we don't have a very cool and wet summer like we did last year. Last summer my MG and MF didn't do very well due to the lack of sun and needed heat. Oh, well, just have to hope for the best.
I am doing something this upcoming summer season I have NEVER done before. I am going to use some ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS! I went to AC Moore and bought Morning Glory vines on sale to cover 2 white trellises that are in the front of my house. I have no trouble growing real, living MG vines, but the last few years the deer have gotten to them just as they were about to start flowering. I have quite a few of my gardens fenced off to keep the deer away, but these 2 trellises are completely exposed and too difficult to try and fence. I wonder if some kind of GARDENING POLICE are going to show up at my front door and fine me for doing the unthinkable! LOL
Anyway, here's a few pics of the AWFUL WHITE STUFF!!!
Things are growing. Been a cooler, wetter summer than normal. Just gonna post some pics ....
Morning Glories going up the trellises
Got Hollyhocks for the first time
front of the house
loving the scent of tall garden Phlox
had a visitor today
Had 2 TStorms with hail blow through our area yesterday. Damage mostly to my potted plants. Oh, well ... planted more seeds. Hope for a late summer/Fall bloom. Or I just might break down and buy some cheapo annuals. It's just pots of annuals that were damaged anyway. Except for my mini roses, and they did fine.