The Birdhouse: A West Virginia gardening journal

Fall: taking stock and making plans

Fall is definitely coming. Though highs this weekend were in the low 80s, the early maples are in full golds & reds right now, and the asters and cardinal flower are almost the only thing blooming. Oh yes, and the unstoppable gaillardia. And I just remembered, looking at the picture below, the texas sage whose seeds I scattered last fall did sprout, and 2 or 3 are finally blooming! They are on the right side of the frame (crappy pics taken with phone … couldn’t find the good camera).

shedbed The bog garden Sept. 28., 2014

I weed-whacked the stiltgrass & jointgrass that had taken over by the shed (that area will be a project for next year), and planted some hellebores that Ginny up the street gave me. In the process, I dug up the lame patch of irises that haven’t bloomed. Got 25 tubers out of the patch… and some huge dead sections. I guess it was ready to be divided!

New helleborus on right, established on to left of spirea.

Established helleborus on left, new one on the right. It replaces the big patch of irises.

I also dug up some of the ferns to the right of the front door, and tried planting some along side the big rocks on the left side of the driveway. I’ll probably do some more of this before winter.

For record-keeping purposes, I planted the ferns directly in front of the two large boulders, 4 clumps altogether.

For record-keeping purposes, I planted the ferns directly in front of the two large boulders, 4 clumps altogether.

The winterberry seems to have recovered OK from the ravages of the deer. They even have some red berries! I De-Fenced again, just because I could.

winterberry1

Winterberry … with a few leaves!

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Winterberry berries!

Plans:

  • Next time we go out we are going to overseed the yard and scatter the rudbeckia in the large now-sunny area behind the kitchen.
  • I may bring out some of the irises & plant them. I need to put them into pots in the next couple of days … or give them away.
  • Next spring, I may want to plan some more water mint. The deer did not TOUCH it this year, and it’s quite charming:
Water mint in foreground, lobelia cardinalis in background. That stuff gets really tall.

Water mint in foreground, lobelia cardinalis in background. That stuff gets really tall.

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