The garden is at its end.
We have had a few frosts now and many of the annuals and perennials are done. The morning glories are drooping, the verbena has disappeared.
However, the snap dragons and Mums have stayed the course along with the pansies. The Impatiens on the side of the house are not as glorious but they have dropped off some.
What I will start doing this week is cut down peony plants and the Hostas. Most of the time, I leave the plants in the garden and top them with compost and leaves. Some years I cut the stems in the fall and other years I cut and clean out in the spring.
This year, I plan to plant seeds for next spring, cut back plants but leave the greens as a compost ingredient.
Some of my peonies have a white powdery covering. Mildew. These plants will be cut out and burned. I do not need that problem coming back and this is the best method of getting rid of that.
Just a few weeks ago this front garden was glorious with Black Eye Susan and leafier sunflower plants.
Now, the Petunias are hanging on as the pansies prop them up, color-wise.
What I will do here is keep the Mums and the Sedum as they provide winter interest. The rest, including the sunflower plants, will be cut down.
Remember that gorgeous shade garden from the spring? You can not see the limited blooms but it is nothing like it was earlier this year.
Here again I will cut down the peonies but leave the greens and cover the bed with compost and leaves rakes from the yard.
Hostas have never been my favorite plants. But I am trying to get some different varieties to make this patch more interesting. I am also planning to buy some tulip and hyacinth bulbs to plant for spring interest. Saw the idea in a magazine and I really liked the effect.
Can’t wait to see those results.
Now here are a few last-minute surprises. The Cosmo plant finally bloomed this week. In August, I was jealous of neighbors who had beautiful airy blooms. My plants had nothing. And then, about two weeks ago, I got buds. And now here is the flower. I am not sure it will open completely so I will take what I can get.
Here it is. The last new plant to bloom. A delicate pink zinnia. Whether seeds will come out of this plant is anyone’s guess. But it is a small piece of perfection.
How is the end of your garden?