So, on the way to a shopping outing with my mom yesterday, My car just veered into the nursery! How did that happen??? Well, they had all their mums on sale. I love that mums are perennial, but are sold as annuals. Several years ago, I made a habit of buying discounted mums and had such a nice show of color with them every year. Those have since gone and I decided this year - it is time to start that again. So, I picked up 3 small yellow ones for only $1 a piece and 1 HUGE white one for $2.50. It will be fun to see if they come back next year.
m> I also captured this pict while I was out in the front...Japanese Maple in its fall glory
I think I may have to check the other nursery tomorrow to see what else is on sale!
I have been doing some fall clean-up the past couple of days. We have been blessed with bright and sunny days lately. I put hubby's saws all to good use in the back yard and did some raking. I also discovered recently that our local Old Time Pottery Store started carrying bagged soils. I was able to get quite a haul for very little $. I used equal parts mushroom compost, cow manure and shredded mulch to top dress the beds today:
I had a great little helper too!
Wh en the leaves are done falling and have all been raked into the beds, I will sprinkle a layer of pine straw over the whole thing. This should give the garden a good start next spring.
This morning, I placed an order online for a Tibetan Cherry. I have always wanted one of those. I am going to start it in a pot as I purchased a little guy. Maybe mine will look like this some day...
Well, we had our first frost down here in HOTlanta. November 7. Enough to zap all the trumpet tree buds and to put an end to another elephant ear season. Last year we had a super late frost, but also had a super hard winter. So, does a more reasonable frost date mean a more reasonable winter???
I got a great deal the other day at the nursery on some Silver-Blue Arizona Cypress trees. (Cupressus arizonica 'Carolina Sapphire') I bought 3 and they replaced other blue conifers that didn't make it. 2 went on either side of the driveway and the other one went in the back across from hubby's shop. I also got a Blue star juniper to give a nice 4-season ground cover effect by the japanese maple in the front window seat bed.
Yesterday, i was able to grab the handy saw's all and do some fall clean-up. Is it bad that I had a ton of fun with that thing? I was able to clear up a good bit of the front and have a HUGE pile at the curb for pick-up. While I was cleaning up, I had a couple of neighbors stop me and comment on how the trumpet tree didn't get a chance to bloom this year. Sweet that they noticed - really made my day :) I hope to do the same in the back in the next couple of days.