Start of Fall

We’ve had some glorious weather the last two weeks. The trees have started to change to orange, red and yellow. At night the moon and stars have been bright–just beautiful. In the garden I cherish every dahlia bloom, because I know soon the frost will bring them to a black end. Then I’ll dig up the tubers and store them for next year.

dahlia patch on September 27

dahlia patch on September 27

Yesterday my order of hyacinths and tulips arrived from Colorblends Company. So this weekend will be planting time. I’ll also dig up and store glad corms after a hard frost.¬† But otherwise garden work is over for another year.

pumpkin

pumpkin

David took a photo of me among the sunflowers:???????????????????????????????And I took one of him helping the trumpet vine get a foothold on the playset:

helping the campsis vine get a foothold

helping the campsis vine get a foothold

The bumble bees are getting slower and slower as the temperatures fall. Here is one on an anise hyssop (agastache) that appeared to be asleep!bee anise hyssopThe hydrangea are all doing their thing, looking lovely in shades of pink:september 21 093It may not be a flower, but the chard in the vegetable garden is so pretty I took a photo:???????????????????????????????I’ll take some photos this weekend when I plant the tulips. I’m going to buy a large quantity of ground hot pepper to plant with the bulbs to discourage voles.

Azteca dahlia

Azteca dahlia

neglected fall garden

The weeds will just have to stay until winter kills them. At this point, all I’m doing is cutting flowers and doing a little bit of basic maintenance, like staking up the dahlias another level the other day. I did get the five peonies I received from Klehm’s planted. Next comes the tulips I ordered, but that will be the last big job. This morning was chilly but not frosty. I went around picking flowers and taking photos.september 9 006Norman was enjoying the protected spot here. ???????????????????????????????The old hydrangea is in full bloom at the corner of the front porch, and below is the newer “pink diamond” hydrangea in the front yard:september 9 012I love the rusty pink color. The volunteer sunflowers are very prominant and cheerful:september 9 013I want to be sure not to pick too many of these, because they’ll seed more babies for next year and feed birds in the winter. The garlic chives are looking pristine, and pretty, but I will cut the stalks¬† before the seeds ripen to avoid the incredible number of babies it made last year.???????????????????????????????Tater enjoyed his morning grooming on the front porch:???????????????????????????????And lastly here are some of the bouquets I’ve brought inside:

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