Thursday, November 29, 2012

Taking Down the Hummingbird Feeder

This chunk of ice probably won't help any lingering hummers. I haven't seen any hummingbirds, but I wanted to offer help, just in case.

Monday, November 19, 2012

More Bulb Planting

These drab-looking things are supposed to be orange-y dreamy daffodils. We'll see. I also put about 100 tulips bulbs in. 75 to go. I think I'll force some indoors. Mostly, because I'm tired of planting bulbs.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Bulb Planting - Alliums

Planting these allium bulbs makes it clear that they are related to onions. Big onions. I planted three and am hoping for a tall, crazy display of purple pouf in June.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Last Rose?

I think it might be. A couple of hard frost nights and not much is left in the garden.

Friday, November 9, 2012

The Fuchsia Lives

I've never had one limp along into November before. It's in a covered space. It's tempting me to try to overwinter it indoors....although I know that can be tricky.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Overwintering Chocolate Cosmos

I purchased two chocolate cosmos this summer to use in planters. They were about $6 a piece. I loved the chocolate-scented, red velvet blooms on long stems amid airy foliage. But in our climate, I don't think they would have survived the winter. So, I chopped off all the foliage and re-potted them to bring them inside. At first, I assumed I had killed them, but new stems are growing. Below is a picture of one of the flowers from this summer. 

Monday, November 5, 2012


The weeping fountain cherry was charming at sunset last night. It's charming in the spring, too. The rest of the year - it's a constant battle to find balance between the bug infestations and the tree's health.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Compost is Cooking

Outdoor temperature was 52 degrees. 106 shows that the materials are being eaten by critters, bacteria and fungi - which is exactly what has to happen to end up with rich gardening material. Since we're headed into the cold season, I don't expect this pile to be "done" until spring.