The first thing that I noticed was the entire bed is full of weeds. Weed seeds from thousands of years waited for us to rototill and expose them to the sunlight, so they might germinate and make me angry. I got out the hoe, of all things, and scraped and chopped. I am hoping it will be enough. I need to get some mulch out there.
I yanked 2 red twigged dogwoods out of the mixed border. They are not good neighbors and were shading everything out. I also discovered the ground squirrels have eaten away at my peonies. Sick, sick, sick.
After hoeing for an hour and a half, my right arm fell off so I took a break and got my camera. These perennials are so grateful to be in the ground, they decided to flower!
Autumn Joy, almost in flower!
Purple Rain Salvia
Vera Jamieson Sedum seems especially happy here in deer land.
I did see deer tracks. I couldn't tell if they'd eaten anything, though.
I see bloggers' zinnias and I love them! My girlfriend, RoseM has fabulous tall ones that are lush and colorful. This is an anemic variety, Purple Prince.
I am just not feeling this guy. I made the decision to grow it because it is an heirloom, so I thought it would be a big showy one. I will keep trying with zinnias. I just see so many pretty ones.
I ordered pansy seed from Jung's. I stuck them in the fridge and will throw them on the ground and see what happens!
I also ordered 'Double Click Cranberry' Cosmos. It sounds good enough to eat!
Jung's says "amazing flower production". Maybe they mean for me, too!
RoseM has a bed with Cosmic Yellow cosmos with tall verbena and I fell in love with it.
I think I would like to add a cutting border. I don't want to work too hard on this, I will just scalp the lawn in late October in a long narrow path. As the first snow flies, I will throw some poppy seeds, larkspur and tall cornflower. In the spring, I will throw Cut and Come Again Zinnias, the Cosmic Cosmos, the Cranberry Double Click, and the verbena. The combination sounds awesome to me. We'll have to see how sowing in situ goes for me.
They look all the world like cippolini onions, but they are tomatillos. I roasted them with some garlic today, ready to make salsa verde.
I cannot tell you how fabulous the house smells right now....