The last of the mail order packages has arrived and been planted. We splurged on a tree peony “Chojuraku”,
and in addition planted giant phlox,
and cone flowers
at this late date. Hope they survive over the winter, if not thrive.The enlarged path garden, a billowy English-garden sort of place is now ready to shine next year. As I mentioned in an earlier post, we have concentrated on the cool colors edging toward the purple/lavender family. I haven’t transplanted everything I wanted to before winter, but who does get to everything on their list? By the way, the photos are all from Van Bourgondien’s web site except for the hibiscus which is from Breck’s.
This has been a wonderful gardening year! I’ve even taken time to cut down perennials after bloom and frost, to tidy up the garden for winter! As I mentioned in another post, this is usually the task of DH, but they say if you live together long enough, something of one rubs off on the other. I’m so glad it is his tidiness and not my messiness! I am afraid it is too late to transplant some evergreen cedar bushes in the shade garden, but it is on the top of my list for next spring!
I’ve been studying our garden beds and hope to make some changes next year, now that everything is growing at its peak in most areas, and their heights and colors in our gardens are now known. I don’t know about you, but I find that the catalog or nursery tag descriptions are only approximations in our garden. Some plants grow much larger than described in my garden and others just mope about at half size their tag descriptions for years. Many flowers are much deeper hued than I was led to believe by the photos and others just are washed out next to their neighbors. Unless they are small fellows, I don’t relish having to move them about, but once I get around to it, I’m usually happy with the outcome.
Dividing perennials, however, can be major labor intensive, especially grasses. So I have to mentally prepare myself to do divisions – no matter how small the effort looks like. I have a japanese style folding knife with serrated blades that I use to slice up the perennial behemoth once I get it out of the ground, so that part isn’t so hard, but digging the fellow takes as much as I can give. Fortunately, most perennials should be divided in spring, except for peonies. I will probably be asking for help from the landscaping company that comes in to weed and mulch our beds in spring for them to dig up some grasses that have gotten out of hand. Even DH can’t budge them with a long-handled spade, and he is quite strong.
I remember when it was nothing to dig up three or four huge clumps of siberian iris and make six sizable clumps out of each one and replant the 18 to 24 clumps in a single day! Nowadays, digging one and dividing it is enough for a day or even a weekend, thank you very much!
What are you doing in the garden as the seasons shift towards winter?