Six on Saturday – Six in a Hurry – October 6, 2018

The calendar says it’s fall, but the trees aren’t showing color, and my asters are still in bud. This has been such an odd gardening year. Too wet, too dry, too cold, too hot…
So I am putting up “six in a hurry” so I can get back into the garden to see what I can accomplish. I have flag stones to lay as I’m moving things around in the area where the river birch came out.

  1. The tall asters are blooming but the short darker blue are still in bud. We may have a killing frost before they bloom. I am impaitent.


2. These Autumn Joy sedums show the difference in the bloom size when you cut them back in July.  The one on the left was cut back. It is blooming later than the ones on the right that I didn’t cut back. The photo was taken close up. Next year I’ll live with them flopping.

3. A month ago I cleaned out tomatoes from one of my two beds at the Community Garden. I planted tatsoi, three kinds of kale, collards and French radishes. The radishes will be ready in two weeks. I went over early this morning  and weeded with a hand hoe. Photo on the left is before. The one on the right is after. The netting around the bed is to keep out rabbits and deer.

A second bed will be covered with black plastic tomorrow morning. I’ll staple it to the wooden frame to keep weeks from growing over the winter.

4. The miscanthus grasses are sending up blooming seed stalks.


5.  This is a yellow mullein I started from seed and then put it in the garden. It’s the size of a very large dinner plate but never bloomed. I’ll leave it to over winter. Perhaps it is a bi-annual.


6. I cut the abelia shrubs in the front of the house back to about two feet in the spring. Now they are covered with blooms. I can’t find the photo of what they looked like cut back but someone asked to see what they grow into, so here is that photo. The small azalea in the lower left may not survive. I’ll leave it in the ground for now. The window box is the one where many of the plants looked like they were being destroyed by mildew. I took two of the boxes out, severely pruned back the damage and let them sit for a couple of weeks before putting them back flanking a box that hadn’t been infected. They may just bloom again before a frost.


That’s my six in a hurry for this week, a meme started by The Propogator, a UK gardener. This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in.

20 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – Six in a Hurry – October 6, 2018

  1. Mala, interesting comparison in the sedum blooms. I have floppers, too, but just did some serious dividing this week to keep future size under control. I’ve never cut them back in July to control height. That’s an idea…


  2. Does plastic netting work for bunnies? I would have thought they’d chew right through it. Last year, something got all of our kale just before harvest. It was inside the deer fence, growing in a 3′ tall trough, so I thought it would be safe. I suspect the squirrels.

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  3. Your autumn is later than ours? That can not be! The sweetgum trees are already getting a bit of color.
    Your abelia looks like abelia should. No one wants to prune them properly. I alternate canes, by pruning out the old ones and leaving the new ones. There are some overgrown specimens at work that should get cut back completely. They are so pretty when pruned or cut back properly. They typically get shorn, and look ridiculous.

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  4. I did the same thing with my abelia this spring. I had never pruned it in 10 years (bad gardener!) so it was getting unruly. I pruned it right back to the framework, it seems to have recovered and is also covered in flowers. Hope you had a productive gardening day.

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  5. You’ve gotten so much done this week. Glad the weather’s holding out for you, altho perhaps you’d like the foliage to start changing? I had a volunteer mullein appear last year, altho a different kind than yours, & it didn’t bloom, but did really well this year. I know nothing else, just what mine did. And after your sedum experiment, I’m going to let my droop, too.

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