Fall is officially on us...the trees are turning the beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red. The garden is dying back, and the rain has started.
Yesterday it rained so hard I thought we were in a monsoon. It was raining so much so fast the drains in the yard for the hill and the pond couldn't keep up, so we had some minor issues. .I typically like when it starts raining here, because it really is more like a heavy mist or a light drizzle and they measure it in hundredths of an inch. This downpour stuff is for the birds.
Today is supposed to be a nice day, and I am off to visit some pumpkin patches with friends. I think my friend with the SUV will need to drive, as the fields for sure are going to be super muddy.
Fall is such a busy time of the year. The last three weekends I have spent cleaning up the garden and filling the yard waste bin. I know I should compost, but my bin is almost done, and I want to use it for some veggies I am about to start for a winter crop. Last weekend I got the garden cleaned out, because we had a pretty good frost the week before and all the veggies were done. A friend of mine had cut down all her bamboo and was giving away the stocks, so I went and got a bunch and made some trellises for my veggies to grow up next year.
My neighbor is busy building a green house, he told me to buy seeds for anything I wanted next year and he would start them in the green house for me. Oh the excitement of having my own seedlings.
I need to get busy and build two new garden spaces too. I have decided I really need to grow more of my own stuff and I have a couple of areas which have really good afternoon sun that I can take over and put stuff in for next year.
This weekend we have hit a rainy and windy pattern, so not sure how much I am going to get done this weekend, but fall seems to have a never ending list of projects. This morning I am off to garden club to learn from one of my wonderful GG friends how to make a evergreen container look good. She is so great at them and has agreed to come share her knowledge with our garden club. It shall be a lot of fun. I will post pictures of my container once it is all done.
Well I guess I should be off to do something...hope everyone has a great day!
So the first day of fall was 80+ degrees, and it very quickly decided it was fall. I spent the last two Saturdays cleaning up the garden...I only have about a quarter done. Maybe the weather this weekend will cooperate and I can get some more done. Lots of deadheading to do. The leaves of the trees are starting to turn and the burning bushes all over are starting to turn that brilliant red. In some ways I like that we have different season here and in other ways I wished I lived closer to the equator....I really do love summer.
I have decided no new bulbs this fall...I have looked at all the catalogs, and as tempting as they are, I am just saying no this year. My only big wish was reblooming iris and my grandma said that she needed to divide hers, so she is mailing me some.
Of course there will always be new plants from my dad, the nursery can't produce 100% perfect plants, but other than that, I am not buying much this fall. I have some new beds I want to build and until they are done, I am pretty much full. I have a few things I want to move, and if the weather is nice tomorrow, I might just do that. It is the perfect time here to be doing that type of thing. It will rain for the next 4-5 months.