Every year it seems I despair of the lack of fall color. And every year it comes…just later than I expected. We were in Baltimore twice this week as I had cataract surgery on my left eye and the next day a return trip for the post-op exam. The trip to Baltimore involves highways with lots of trees and in the two weeks from the first surgery we now saw lovely fall colors. And the really great news is that I could see the brilliant colors without glasses.
My two beds at the St. Michaels Community Garden have been cleaned out and black plastic stapled over the raised bed frames to keep the weeds from germinating. I didn’t get any fall greens planted this year and it’s too late for seed germination now. I’ll start planting in March if weather permits.
My own garden is winding down. Leaves are falling and the grass is going dormant. But there are things to see.
- Berries on the Major Wheeler honeysuckle.
2. An azalea bush in the foreground is beginning to show color. The Sheffield mums are in full bloom; their color is perfect with the fading rust of the sedum Autumn Joy. On the to-do list is wrapping the Jan Kirsch avocado for the winter.
3. A crepe myrtle in the front yard is blazing.
4. The white flowers have fallen but the Abelia shrubs are fading into autumn colors.
5. The New England asters were pummeled by last week’s rain, but the garden in general has perked up with the moisture.
6. A photo from this time last year. Even hosta leaves provide fall color. They are not as pretty this year because of the drought. In this photo it looks like I spread fireplace ashes in the garden and I couldn’t figure out where they came from. Not our fireplace. Then I remembered my neighbor was moving and had a large metal pail of ashes and I snagged it. They really seem to help to deter slugs.
That’s my Six on Saturday, photos of my garden once a week, a meme started by The Propogator, a UK gardener. This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in. #lovemygarden