Heading into Fall with the Fence Garden

Heading into Fall with the Fence Garden

Here we are heading into Fall.  We have been spending time getting the gardens ready for winter by trimming, moving, adjusting and more.  It is also time to compare the fence garden from last year and this year.

We continue to work behind the scenes on the fence garden … emptying the composters.  There is a possibility that a new garden shed might go behind the fence, but then again it might go into a totally different spot.


Here is the fence garden in September 2012.  Looks like I had cut everything back already and thinned out a few things.


So far this September I’ve cut back the heliopsis, the mallow and beebalm.  The day lilies are fading away.  The Jerusalem artichoke is growing really tall and is well and truly above the fence.  There are a few buds appearing so I’m still hoping for some blooms.  By the end of the month I will probably have them cut down too.

What’s blooming? … What’s fading away? … In my section where I keep track of the plants many have now been moved to the blooms finished and fading away section.   One night at the beginning of the week we had a very light frost and some of the coleus leaves are curling a bit.  The afternoons have been gorgeous with temperature around 20 Celsius.  But as soon as that sun drops down the temperature drops with it.


The moon has been glorious this week and I captured lots of photos of it.  It is the closest full moon to the Autumn equinox and is known as the Harvest Moon.  Years ago farmers relied on the light of the full Harvest moon to assist in gathering the crops at this time of year.

The plants in the gardens and containers are in varying stages of blooms.  I’ve grouped them into stages (my names) and can move them around each week as they progress.  This is a good reference for me to look back at next year for comparison. Some plants are in 2 areas … example is coreopsis because it is blooming but with continual deadheading it is also budding

leafy and growing – yucca,  coleus,

Blooming –   fuchsia,  coreopsis,  nasturtiums,  feverfew,  miscanthus,  garlic chives, , morning glory, hosta (pale green leaves), sedum, mums

Fading blooms –   hostas, beebalm,  rudbekia, 4 o’clocks (pink, yellow, variegated),

Seeding – lunaria, orange cosmos, 4 o’clocks, golden goblin blanket flower,

Blooms finished. leaves flourishing – lily of the valley,  dianthus, ninebark, honeysuckle vine,  lavender, , coral bells, lady’s mantle, weigela, daylilies,  shasta daisies, hostas, climbing roses, roses (bush),  clematis,

leaves fading away –   lets streak hosta, liatris,  iris, early yellow daylilies, bleeding heart, columbine,  evening primrose,  creeping jenny,  oxeye daisies, ditch lilies, Bressingham Blue hosta, astillbe. pansies,  canna, echinacea, peruvian daffodils,

Vanished till next year – tulips, daffodils, poppies, yellow molly alliums, trilliums,  drumstick allium, zinnias, petunias,  cosmos,

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Goodbye July

Goodbye July


July is coming to an end.  What a month it has been … heat, humidity, thunder, brief downpours, but no steady rain.

Last Friday night we had terrific thunder and wind storms.  Thankfully that took away the awful humidity and left us with temperatures around 25 Celsius … so much better for being outside.

homegrown veggies

Harvesting the veggies is in full force this week.  Yummy sweet tomatoes and fresh green beans.  Nothing tastes better than home grown.


The wonderful daylilies are coming into full bloom … the yellows, peaches, reds, pinkish.

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tipsy pots

The tipsy pots are still doing really well and needed watering once and sometimes twice a day in the awful heat we just had.  The rudbekia is doing really well.  The front wanna be grass is drying right out and won’t need cutting this week.

front shade garden

In the shady north garden the hosta blooms have been amazing.

front garden

The sunny north part of the garden is beginning to turn to mauve and purple as the coneflowers and liatris bloom.  The garden beds are getting very dried out due to lack of rainfall.

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4 o’clocks

New blooms to open this week are the 4 o’clocks.  So far there are yellow, light pink, dark pink and the variegated pink and yellow.  There are many more buds so a promise of lots more blooms.

July moon

The evenings have been clear and viewing the July full moon has been spectacular.  The native people referred to this moon as the buck moon as it is at this time of the year that young bucks begin to grow their antlers.  They also called it the thunder moon as thunder storms are prevalent during July.  The weather in the past week or so has been full of thunder storms.  This info came from the Farmers Almanac.

July moon

On Wednesday morning the moon was visible in the west against a clear blue sky.

July moon

Yesterday was a wonderful day for working outside.  All the ditch lilies got the flower stalks cut off.  The coreopsis got a long overdue deadheading.  One clump of rudbekia has just about finished but 3 others are doing really well.  A few feverfew blooms have been trimmed off.  One of the miscanthus is sending up a plume.  They were slow to start over the winter but hopefully have established themselves now.

The plants in the gardens and containers are in varying stages of blooms.  I’ve grouped them into stages (my names) and can move them around each week as they progress.  This is a good reference for me to look back at next year for comparison. Some plants are in 2 areas … example is coreopsis because it is blooming but with continual deadheading it is also budding

leafy and growing – yucca,  peruvian daffodils, cosmos, garlic chives, coleus, canna, climbing beans, miscanthus

Buddingsedum, hollyhocks, zinnias, beans, coreopsis, daylilies, venedium, 4 o’clocks

Blooming –   roses (bush), rudbekia, petunias,  fuchsia,  coreopsis, clematis,  pansies,  shasta daisies, echinacea, hostas, beebalm, liatris, nasturtiums, golden goblin blanket flower, 4 o’clocks (pink, yellow, variegated), feverfew

Fading blooms – honeysuckle vine, climbing roses, weigela,  astillbe, coral bells, lady’s mantle, drumstick allium, lavender, ditch lilies, Bressingham Blue hosta

Seeding – lunaria,  feverfew

Harvesting – peas, Egyptian Walking onions, tomatoes, beans

Blooms finished. leaves flourishing – iris, lily of the valley,  early yellow daylilies,  bleeding heart, columbine, dianthus, evening primrose, ninebark, creeping jenny,  oxeye daisies,

Vanished till next year – tulips, daffodils, poppies, yellow molly alliums, trilliums

A Busy Week in the Garden

A Busy Week in the Garden

The weather was nice and much warmer at the beginning of the week .. but we have had lots of wind, rain and thunder.  And now it has cooled down again, in fact it was downright chilly at our granddaughter’s first soccer game last night.

Last weekend was a long weekend, but when you are retired every weekend is a long weekend so it doesn’t make much difference to us any more.  What I love about the long weekend is the extra day of cheap rate electricity.  In my part of Ontario we are on TOU (time of use) rates and if you use the off peak times it is almost half the price.  Using appliances between 7 pm to 7 am and on the weekends means a big savings in electricity.   So an extra day is always a bonus.


The moon is almost full.  This photo was taken on May 20 at about 9:30 at night.  The other nights have been cloudy or stormy so I didn’t get any more good photos.  We’ve had some terrific down pours of rain along with some winds and thunder.  In fact last night the wind was so gusty it lifted one of the corners of the canvas cover roof on the gazebo.

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On the nice days the annuals were planted and I also added some more peas and bush beans to the corners of the big tubs.   I do buy some hanging baskets of fuchsia but then the thrifty part of me kicks in and I try to make some myself.  This is one of the hanging baskets with petunias and wandering jew.  The strawberry pot (that has never had strawberries in it) was replanted with some creeping jenny and hens & chicks.  The pot was a surprise gift from my husband several years ago.

The birds have been busy and we are always pleased to hear and see the orioles back at the feeder.  And then there is the hum of the hummingbird as they flit by.  We’ve also had a family of squirrels running around the garden.  It is so cute to see the 4 little ones hop through the grass.  The rain doesn’t seem to dampen their enthusiasm.

The green stuff that is referred to as grass is growing at a phenomenal rate and I notice that all of us are growing those same yellow flowers all over the lawn.  If only the flowers and veggies grew as fast as the dandelions.


The lunaria, or money plant,  is blooming.  This is a biennial plant, just leaves the first year, blooms and the silver dollar seeds the second year.  If only those silver dollars were real.  But then, the money silver dollar isn’t really real any more is it?  Does anyone even see them anymore?


The tall yellow, purple, and maroon iris buds are appearing.  Some of these iris came from  a school garden where I worked.  Poppies and columbine are also budding.  The three yucca plants that a friend gave me last year have new buds coming out of the center.  This is a new plant for me so I’m hoping it does really well.


The gorgeous mid sized yellow iris are blooming.  A small pot of these yellow iris was given to me many years ago when I was a leader with Girl Guides of Canada.  They have grown really well, been moved to various spots in the garden, and many little pots have been given away to other gardeners.  Also blooming are the lily of the valley, the ajuga, the solomon seal, the bleeding hearts and the pansies.  The tulips and trilliums are almost finished.


One of the best things about weeding after a rain storm is the whole long root comes right out of the ground with a little persuasion.  I’ve had lots of opportunity to do some weeding after the rainy nights and my wagon is full of them.

My garden is full of the gifts from friends … the iris, the yucca, the hosta, the bleeding hearts and more.  Each year they start to grow I remember where they came from and the special person that took time to share their garden with me.  I wonder if the people I gift plants to do the same thing?

Do you have a friendship garden?

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