It's the beginning of October and I find myself wondering where the time is going! But time marches on and the gardening season is slowing down. Here in Zone 4, we've had a few nights of light frost already. Those first frosts killed off my basil and tomatoes, and started turning the peony leaves that glorious red colour of fall.
We have pine needles and yellow leaves falling and that wonderful fall smell in the air.
One lovely job in the fall is to pick out and plant new spring bulbs. Since so many of my crocus bulbs of 2011 turned into chipmunk and squirrel food, I decided to try more daffodil bulbs this year. I picked out some called 'Dutch Master', which are large and tall, a bag of mixed coloured ones 'Halo Cups Blend', and a bag of the adorable, dwarf 'Tete-a-Tetes'. I am also trying some 'Delft Blue' hyacinths....I haven't grown them before and am not sure how they will do, so I am only doing a small grouping of three for now.
|Narcissus 'Tete-a-Tete' Daffodils|
|Narcissus 'Halo Cups Blend' Daffodils|
TThere are still a few things blooming in the garden now. The 'King Arthur' delphinium has given me one last, late bloom. The 'Autumn Joy' is turning darker. I love the way it starts out as pink and turns into this lovely dark burgandy. And the fall asters are always a delight, but the flowers aren't as bountiful as they usually are, and I think I probably should divide them in the spring.
|last blooms of Delphinium 'King Arthur'|
|Sedum 'Autumn Joy'|
|Aster Michaelmas Daisy|
Today, the weather is supposed to be nice, and I'm looking forward to an afternoon of cleaning up and doing some final weeding!