A new hatered for all things seedlings

I never thought I would learn to hate trees. I’m not saying I do now, but GOD LOVE them tiny maple seedlings. Popping up in flower beds that were once ridden of the helicopter seeds.


The fact now that you have to pull them up or they will stay there forever makes this an even more daunting task. Grow trees grow, I always say but you dear maple trees growing in amongst the flowers at work you may forever rot away in the mulching bin.



Goodbye until next year

Saying so long to the dahlias for the year. The cold spell that is here/still coming would have ended them. So the process of putting them away for the winter began early this morning.

They were first washed thoroughly, removing any access dirt.

 Next divided.

 Then wrapped and bagged. The tub was then placed in the crawl space under the house where temperatures stay cool.

Next year there will be a lot of dahlias, given that not many of them are lost. Hopefully there were many photos of them to remember from the summer.

A jump on the cold

To get a jump start ahead of this cold spell that is forcasted to arrive today, tonight, and the rest of this week Dad and I dug up my dahlias and tuberose. Some may have been dug a little to soon but it is better than them turning into a mushy ball of goo within the next two weeks.

The tuberose now needs to be dried and divided. Then off the storage.  

The dahlias need to be washed, dried, divided, sorted, and then stored.

For now they sit in the cool garage where they will become my top priority tomorrow morning. If anyone has suggestions on storing dahlias, let me know. Right now I’m searching through my books for the best storage techniques. Have a wonderful Monday!

Last of the garden

With this year finally winding down there is much to do yet along with making plans for next year. The gardens however seem to have a mind of their own. With that warm spell a couple of weeks ago the roses have taken off again making their last showing here and then off to dormancy land for a winter snooze. The colors and textures throughout the beds are extraordinary. Multiple branches of colorful leaves, seed heads big and small, and the last of the perennial flowers.

Bouquet:: Garden Roses, Sedum, Black-eyed Susan seed heads, and weigela

I am going to miss these days of lasting sunshine and cool brisk air. Soon the snow will begin to fall and blanket the earth. It disappoints me because me of all people are running around the house singing “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”. Totally not time for this type of music quite yet. Maybe after Thanksgiving is over. But, for now let’s enjoy these last beautiful days of fall and admire the beauty in the garden.

Elegant Summer

If there was a choice to be something different, I would be this little beauty.

Rosa ‘Radsunny’  the SunnyKnock Out Rose.

Right next to the berry garden she disperses her fragrance and attracts numerous little friends to her corner.

After the blooms fade from the magnificent yellow there is still an elegance that exists.

If only I could dig her up out of mom’s garden and take her with me.

Sunshine on a cloudy day

Clouds and me don’t mix together. There needs to be sun, Sun, lots of SUN!! So on this cloudy day I had to retreat to the garden and bask in the rays of the Rudbeckia.

All the colors of the garden are starting to change to the deep reds, yellows, oranges, and browns. Fall is soon approaching and then this year will be over before we know it. But, for now as the nights turn colder I will just bask in the rays of these Rudbeckia.