It’s thanksgiving day today so it’s a long weekend for us. We had dinner at J’s sister’s on Saturday, which meant Sunday and Monday were free to do some gardening and to take some photos. It was a beautiful day yesterday, so I took the opportunity to not only mulch the butterfly bush garden and a couple of trees out the front, but also transplant the shrubs in the pots that formed my screen.
I was still unsure right up to the last moment where to put them, so I read my blog to check which shrub liked what, but it still made no difference. Until we get the survey I don’t know how far over I can plant them on the south side, and I’d really like to maximize space over there, with it being the short side (at least it looks shorter from the house). I’m also still undecided as to where the patio(s) will be.
In the end, I decided the forsythia would finish off the back line on the left (for now), instead of in front of the patio window as planned, and the other three would form somewhat of a border and screen on the north side, planted roughly 8 feet apart (or 7-8 steps in North American size 8). I suppose when the fence goes up they will be in completely the wrong place!
I moved the pots to where I wanted them and fetched my tools. This time I enlisted the help of J to dig the holes to avoid overdoing it. Now he’s recovered from his hernia I can finally use his help! We used the base of the pots to cut a circle before digging the holes. I did the first cut before J came out and it was too small so he had to dig it wider. (I forgot the top of the pots are bigger than the base…it’s all about the base, bout the base, oh wait, no it’s not lol!)
The job was done a lot quicker with help and we soon had all four shrubs in the ground. The serviceberry looks like it will eventually block the view from neighbouring windows, including our next door neighbour’s bathroom window. I like how my garden now looks and feels somewhat enclosed when I’m out there. Perhaps I should have planted something there in the Spring, and had the garden centre man dig them in, then maybe by now they’d be a lot bigger.
Below are a few pics I took this morning in the sunshine. You can see where the four pots used to be. Hopefully the grass will grow back by next Spring. Looks like we will need at least one more cut before the Winter comes. We haven’t even had a frost yet…so maybe even a couple more could be needed.
I forgot to mention, last weekend, I tidied up the edges of all my flower beds and planted a dozen types of spring bulbs I’d bought from one of my favourite charities, Ninth Life Cat Rescue. While I was out there, I decided it was time to transplant the annuals and tall grass from the big wooden pot and the small blue grass from the green coal scuttle that were on my porch, as they were knocking on death’s door.
I moved the tall grass and annuals to the butterfly garden; the tall grass is now right in the corner, the purple potato vine leaf, two pink things beside it and the purple annual behind it. I put the two fuchsias in front of the window-well either side of a buddleia. However, I don’t expect them to survive the winter, but you never know.
The lavender, which barely grew or flowered, and the blue grass are now behind the pink cascade tamarisk on the other corner. Not sure how they will do there, as it’s probably the wettest spot in the garden, while the butterfly garden, which gets full sun, and is sheltered, is bone dry most of the time.
All have now been mulched using the last bag of mulch I bought weeks ago, so hopefully the dry bed, which I gave a good soaking before and after mulching yesterday, will hold some moisture, and the moisture from the wetter bed will be absorbed by the new, almost dry mulch (assuming it doesn’t blow away!)
Things I noticed while gardening…
I’m amazed my buddleias and other smaller shrubs are still growing or flowering, particularly on the shaded side. Since I bought it, the white buddleia, which is in full sun, doesn’t seem to have flowered much, but looking at it yesterday, it seems that it’s actually bushed out a bit. The other new ones aren’t flowering much either, but they are greening up and bushing out nicely too, although more haphazardly.
I was surprised last week when I saw the echinacea, which I bought from the girl down the road, as the leaves had doubled in size since the last time I’d seen it. Like the hostas, it is covering quite a lot of ground and barely any mulch can be seen in the back corner.
I mentioned my fuchsias earlier, which looked dead last week, but funnily enough, they have actually sprouted leaves this week. I wonder if they will come back next year?
I also noticed, when I cut back the tall grass in the corner, that the potato vines are actually doing well in the dry ground too. Being annuals, I suspect they’ll be dead in a month or less when the cold weather comes.
The forsythia that I just put at the back has a yellow flower and two more buds on it! Never seen a forsythia flower in October! Have you?
The Dr Merril magnolia in the back garden has a bunch of red berries on it. Not sure if they are something birds will eat when the weather gets colder…if I see them gone next year, I guess I’ll have my answer.
The Miss Kim lilac, which I thought was dying, is actually just doing what they do in Autumn. The leaves have gone a brown-red and have curled in on the selves, like when you curl your tongue.
The leaves on the European snowball viburnum are turning orange while the flowers on the pinky winky hydrangea are now pink not white!
The spirea which dropped most of its leaves during the summer is starting to green up again, while the bleeding heart next to it only grew to about 4 inches high and is barely visible.
On the other hand, the lemon grass is as tall as the fragrant viburnum, even though it was in a 4-inch pot when I bought it.
Many of the perennials are still flowering; the clematis is flowering for the third time this year, while one of my day lilies did not flower at all; the echinacea whilst the leaves have doubled in size, the flowers are now completely spent and had to be chopped back yesterday; the lemon balm has gone wild in both spots, and may need to be dug out and moved next year.
All in all, my garden is transforming very nicely and I can’t wait to see how it looks next May as the Spring flowering shrubs burst into colour!
Here are some close-ups of flowers and other things I noticed while out gardening.
Below are pictures I took this morning to show just how much my shrubs and perennials have grown in just a few short months (most were planted about four months ago, but some of the perennials were only planted in late July or August.) See how my garden has grown!