Welcome, Pillow! And a sleepy, mostly-brown garden

We have a new member of our household: a black cat named Pillow. He is, we strongly suspect, a drop-off. None of our near neighbors know him, and if he strayed for long he managed to do it without getting dirty, scuffed or burred. When Mr. Fluff showed up he was a mess, and we think he was living rough for awhile. But Pillow was sleek, fat, neutered, friendly, well-groomed and clearly accustomed to being an indoor cat. Here he is. It was not easy getting pictures of him, because he kept scooting over to me for pets!

Excuse me, the food bowl is empty.
Excuse me, the food bowl is empty.
shouldn't you be picking me up now?
shouldn’t you be picking me up now?
pretty kitty!
pretty kitty!

I walked around the garden this morning, the first day of November, and took a few pictures. The garden is quiet, settling in for winter. The front yard has got its blanket of maple leaves:028Below is the garden in front of the sun porch. I removed the dahlia tubers (don’t ask) and also removed most of the tall phlox (I put them elsewhere in full sun so I hope they’ll be less leggy and floppy next year), and then added four wheelbarrow-loads of composted horse manure. Yesterday I planted 20 oriental lilies, 50 mixed narcissus, and 20 tall purple sensation ornamental onions. 035In the back yard the apple tree has covered the ground with dropped fruit, but the squirrels and mice and chipmunks will gradually eat and/or store them. 038The new bed next to the compost bin on the north side of the driveway still looks raw–it’s a “lasagna” garden: lawn, covered with newspaper, hay, old manure, more hay, and more old manure and hay in layers. It will be beautiful dirt in another year, but for now we’re not planting a lot there. I did put the phlox there. And we shoved aside the “dirt” and put down wood chips or shavings for the paths. Other than that we’ll let the bacteria and other myriad critters in the soil work undisturbed. 017Lastly, a few pictures of the last few flowers still blooming last week:

ladybells
ladybells
corydalis lutea
corydalis lutea
phlox
phlox
dianthus
dianthus
johnny-jump-up
johnny-jump-up
what is this delphinium thinking??
what is this delphinium thinking??
sweet woodruff foliage and autumn leaves
sweet woodruff foliage and autumn leaves

The winterberries in the front yard did very well–all four female shrubs are covered with bright red berries. The birds are supposed to really like them. Here is one of the shrubs:025

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Michele says:

    All looks pretty well settling in for the winter Anne. And that is one good looking cat. How nice that Pillow was all taken care of before someone decided they didn’t want him. Be well my Friend.

    1. It’s so nice out this afternoon! We’re supposed to have a good week weather-wise. I’m done with classes for the day and heading home. Still have 50 small tulips and a few more lily bulbs to get in the ground.Are you done gardening for the season now?

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