Seedy or Potty?

Categories: The Garden 2017.

 

 

September has arrived with cooler mornings and evenings as summer winds down for the last 20 or so days.  It’s that time in the garden when gardeners go potty or seedy!

Gardeners don't get old ... they go to pots!

The pots of plants are coming to an end and most of mine are getting emptied and stored.  The veggie pot garden has finished and the last of the plants have been pulled and composted.  We had a wonderful harvest of rhubarb, tomatoes, peas, beans, radishes, lettuce and potatoes.  Now it’s time to get seedy … and gather seeds from various plants in the garden.

Seeds and Seedpods are developing on a lot of plants, so now is the time to think about the garden for next year.

The hollyhocks grew well in a corner of the trellis garden.  Tall stalks gave beautiful dark purple almost black flowers (depending on the time of day you looked at them)

hollyhocks at craftygardener.ca

They will soon be going to seed.  Seeds are arranged inside the pod in a neat circle.  You can let them dry out and drop naturally or you can gather them and save fro another year or to give in a seed swap.

  

The obedient plants, or physostegia, have been really lovely this year and the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds have been enjoying the blooms.

obedient plant at craftygardener.ca

Here is the giant swallowtail flitting from bloom to bloom.

a swallowtail butterfly at craftygardener.ca

The weather has been amazing so far this September.  In fact some days feel more like the summer days we usually have in August.  I’m hoping it continues for many more days.  But in the meantime I’m enjoying the outside as much as possible.

the gardener side at craftygardener.ca

The Gardener Side of me keeps my online garden journal to help me keep track of when the plants sprout, bud and bloom

2013 … 2014 … 2015… 2016 … 2017

Blooming: morning glory, obedient plant, sweet peas, wild asters, goldenrod, miscanthus, and the odd hosta is hanging on, Russian sage, sedum, ligularia, potentilla, coreopsis,

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  1. Myrtle

    Love your photo with a cute quote Linda. Beautiful dark purple hollyhocks, I have always loved them but have yet to get some in the spring to and now I will be moving again down the road. Enjoy this summer weather for another week.

  2. Kea

    I can’t believe you’re going “seedy” already. It just seems like such a short time ago that you were starting seedlings and prepping for spring planting. Now fall is on us and soon it will be winter. I feel like I missed the entire summer!

    Take care.

  3. I’m a little bit of each. Pulled my potatoes and saved the soil. Sounds like you compost your soil rather than reusing it in the same pot. I usually augment my pot soil in the spring, but start with the old base. Is removing it and composting the soil work better for you? – Margy
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    • I do a bit of both. The pots I grow tubers (4o’clocks etc.) get emptied out as I just tip the pot to get the roots out. The big containers I grow my veggies in are left full of soil and I amend them in early spring with peatmoss, compost, and vermiculite. The bags I grow potatoes in get emptied and I store the soil in an old composter that I use just for soil. Both methods work well for me.

  4. Hi Linda, can you believe the weather we are having? I hated to pull out the annuals from some of my pots to plant up the mums! As “Kea” says above in another comment the summer has gone by so quickly.
    The obedient plants have been fantastic this year . My neighbour gave me some in the Spring and they went crazy in my gardens. It was my first time growing them. Your hollyhocks are gorgeous!
    Continue to enjoy the warmer weather. It is going to be a HOT Applefest!
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