Fall is upon us but there’s no reason to put your garden to bed just yet. That’s because the show goes on with birds, thousands of which are migrating and stopping daily in local gardens for a bite to eat or a drink of water. And the activity doesn’t stop there. Monarch butterflies will be looking for nectar – a rich source of energy during their long commute to Mexico. Bees remain active and there’s an assortment of insects – praying mantis and other “beneficials” – that are present until the first fall frost about mid-October. There’s plenty to observe and enjoy.
Big beefy dahlias with their dinner-plate-sized flowers are darlings of the garden from summer through the first autumn frosts. Although many gardeners treat dahlias as disposable annuals, it’s easy to store them over winter – and save money – for another display the following year. It’s simply a matter of digging up the tubers and roots after the first fall frost.
Hard to pronounce, easy to grow, Kolkwitzia Dream Catcher™ was worth waiting for.
Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. I had done the deed myself...
I pay close attention to the plants in my garden that attract a lot of bees. I don’t know the names of all the bees in my yard,
It’s great to be traditional, but sometimes we’d like to do a variation on the familiar theme
A garden clad in lustrous green velvet – what could be more beautiful? Time to reconsider moss.