Some good things noted in our gardens this year included:
- Plants from our local Master Gardener Plant Sale did really well at bargain prices; patience paid off by the end of the season for the new rose bush ($5) and 2 tomato plants ($1 each).
- Variegated liriope (with the purple flower spikes) was a great addition to our newest island bed (until the rabbits found them!)
- Around the flagstone patio, the hydrangeas, Japanese maple, dwarf mugo pine, and Golden Thread cypress have matured to form a nice screen between us and the neighbors.
- We got a nice showing from the (clumping) bamboo through continuous soil enhancements and 7 years of waiting.
- The hydrangea vine that now covers a great deal of the trellis by the front door bloomed for the 2nd Spring in a row after waiting 6 years.
- Elle continue to love drinking out of the bird bath almost as much as the birdies.
- The anise hyssop re-seeded itself at the base of the trellis on the left of the patio instead of the right this year.
- Walker’s Low Catmint is the most profuse blooming perennial I have ever seen.
- Painting the planters black that adorn the bird bath was a good idea, helping to keep the focus on the annuals planted within them.
- I got to make a lovely Fall wreath from our hydrangea blooms (picture to follow).
- Dahlias never disappoint; I’m glad I planted all 3 of them in the front yard this year.
- We are grateful for our first, ever-bearing harvest of blackberries since establishing the raised bed 4 years ago.
Footnotes for improvements next year:
- Put hardware cloth (wire fencing) in front of the mulch pile to keep out critters from dining on new additions.
- Move the wisteria by the left trellis and the cannas from between the trellises to sunnier areas.
- Install a new and permanent mylar deterrent above the bluebird house to scare off intruders. Ours blew off!
- Coach our plant sitters a little more carefully when we are away to keep the cucumbers from perishing.
- Thin out the native plant bed to help keep ahead of the lemon balm re-seeding and Catmint spreading.
- Re-work the new strawberry bed area to save time trimming around everything.
- Oh and about 15 other projects! Is a gardener’s work ever really done?
Thank you Lord for your bounty and beauty, the grace and strength to keep things going as best as I could, the blessings of sharing our harvest with others, and for a lovely view out my window on the days you know I needed it most. You are so good to me! JJ