Mid-Late October

The growing season is about over in my neck of the woods. There are still mums and asters and a few other things blooming, but I’ve begun the seasonal garden clean-up. The garden looked like this in mid-October.

The woodpile was replenished
Smokebush, monkshood and Sedum Autumn Joy
The colors changed some more as the weeks progressed
Red blossomed pineapple sage still blooming in the corner of the new veggie bed
This big fella wandered through the yard one morning
Peter Rabbit came by
These 4 deer (look carefully) made an appearance
My favorite visitor sniffing the air – she knew there were critters around
Big maple showing off
As you can see here, I have begun cutting back the daylilies and I moved a trellis against the fence
Maple leaves and hosta foliage
Patio season is over

It has been a beautiful autumn. There’s always lots of work to do when putting the garden to bed for the winter, but with all the visitors and pretty colors, the chore has been more enjoyable.

The great autumn veggie garden renewal

The veggies were amazing this year. However, the retaining wall separating the two tiered raised bed had been eaten away by ants and was rotting away. What to do? Garden club friend Celia was replacing a retaining wall and had stones she did not need! So we rescued them.

Some of the bounty
Here you can see what appear to be good wooden supports.. not so… (rotted ones dividing the upper and lower beds already removed in this photo)
Rotted supports from between the two beds, the sides look like this too
Reclaimed stones from friend’s yard
Yuck.. more ant infiltration
Beginning the first course of stone
Lower bed removed, area raked and seeded – the blocks on the right will be removed, but are currently keeping a beautiful pineapple sage in place because I couldn’t bear to pull it out yet
Ta da!!!! Ready for next year
Oh yes the Brugmansia is still having a field day

October has arrived and here are a few photos from the perennial garden. Its darn pretty out there.

Autumn blooming crocuses
It seems surreal sometimes

The colors will be gone soon and the tedious clean-up will begin, but in the meantime, ahhhhhhhhhhhh