Goodbye Summer, hello Autumn.
I hope you enjoy the tour of the garden at the end of September 2020.
The colourful rake wreath was an easy make, and it is perfect for putting by the front door on Autumn days. The links will take you to directions on how to make the crafty items in the photo.
This is the view from the front windows and each morning it looks a bit more colourful. The black walnut trees show their summer colours of green and their autumn colours of yellow. The trees are laden with those round golf ball size nuts that the squirrels just love to grab and dig into the garden.
The squirrel’s favourite place is to take them to the composter and then munch on them, and leave the mess for us to clean up!
The hosta leaves are beginning to change colour. Many people cut off the leaves in the Autumn but I prefer to leave them on for interest in the garden and perhaps they give a bit of protection to the plant as they die away. I find it easy to go around in the spring and grab and pull the leaves off. In the Autumn I would have to cut them off and remove them. I prefer the job that is the easiest to do.
The ligularia is in bloom. This shade loving plant does well in the north facing garden.
Other blooms in the garden are wild asters, sedum, and the heliopsis. The heliopsis was under attack from aphids but a treatment of Neem oil eliminated them, and now the plant is putting on a spectacular show of blooms.
The wanna-be peacock hosta is still blooming. That’s an old poker head in the centre.
There is lots of colour in the gardens, from the fading leaves on the solomon seal and hosta, to the sedum, the sumac and the burning bush.
The sunflower heads are full of seed, and I pick them for the flat feeder. The birds have been enjoying this one.
A lot of young yucca were transplanted into a new little garden area last Fall. This spring they looked a bit sad, but they have grown really well during this year. I was told that when the leaves get those frilly bits on them that the yucca will bloom next year. Hopefully I’ll have blooms to show you next year.
Here are some of my favourite garden areas at the end of September.
A lot of garden decorations have already been put away, many stay out during the fall and winter months. It’s time to evaluate what worked and what didn’t during this unusual year.