All in all the flowers did great this year. There will be some moving around of things that are too big for their spots and things that aren´t thriving, but that will have to wait for colder weather. William Morris just hung his head and looked pathetic all summer, so he´ll need some shade. Darcey Bussell bloomed well, as did Munstead Wood who needs and deserves a better spot. Falstaff lost his leaves in September, he may be tired of being in a pot.
Special note to Eden (Pierre de Ronsard), famously stingy and slow growing, who pumped out no less than 4 flushes from his pot. To be planted on a yet to be built arbor around the veg patch.
They then hit Sharifa Asma and Molineaux, leaving the blooms half eaten. By that time, the giant white dahlia My Love was blooming and acted like a beetle magnet. Since it´s too big for it´s spot, and I´d rather not have the roses chomped, it will get moved. Fortunately, it´s also very attractive for all kinds of bees and butterflies.
Dahlia Cactus ¨My Love¨
Dahlia Decorativa ¨Duet¨
Dahlia ¨Black Prince¨
Planted some bulbs from the Ag coop. Two of the three came up - Pompom was a no-show. Also, since I loved Black Prince from last year, I dug up the roots, separated and stored them for spring and then planted them around the place. They mostly survived OK, but are very floppy. I love that burgundy color. I don´t believe I´ll bother digging this year, except for the giant white beetle attractor.
Some surprise fall-blooming gladiolas showed up.
The marigolds were crazy this year. I´m gathering flower heads to try some experiments with natural dyeing.
I have to note that I´m really having a hard time working up any enthusiasm for the long list of redoing beds or moving things around. I need to put up some more wires to tie the climbing roses who are actually climbing. The iris need digging and separating and several other things moved but that can´t happen until I free up some bed space somewhere else. We have the number of a guy with a tractor to till up a section of the pasture for veg next year, but that area will then have to be amended and turned into beds. There will be leaves to be gathered and spread. I have to get more manure from the horsey place, which will then need deep mulching to keep grass from sprouting. I´m tired thinking about it.
And, Breo went back for surgery on his other knee and is now hobbling around the house needing attention. He had a bad first night, but since then has cheered up and started showing some more spark. It helps that we´ve been through the procedure before and know a little more what to expect, but we still stress out about his welfare. Keeping him relatively still is nigh unto impossible.
So, blogging may be haphazard until the new year. But in any case, I wish everyone a Happy Halloween, Blessed Samhain and fall season.