Today was "Indulge Myself Day" and I placed a couple of orders with Cross Stitch Stores. I've purchased "Christmas at Hawk's Run Hollow" - the chart and the 40 count fabric...will I ever stitch it? You'd think with the financial investment that I've made...I should... I will!
Also bought "Joyeux Noel" my Blackbird Designs for lots of seasonal ideas!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I thought there was no better way to honor that than to buy the most hopeful, cheeriest flowers I know -
violas, johnny-jump-ups, and pansies. They begin to bloom as the rest of the garden dies in late autumn. They continue to bloom in the depths of winter.
And how does anyone chose just one variety?
I am partial to blues and violets.
And continuing my theme of hopefulness...I planted daffodils - Minnow and Quail. Also muscari and a species tulip. Time and patience will be rewarded next spring. Gardeners are, always, I think eternal optimists...looking forward to things not yet visable.
Weather warning for a hard frost tonight. That jump-started me!
Time for the fall clean up. So I worked from 11:00am until 4:00pm and managed to get most everything done that needed to be done.
Carted over three dozen or more plants to the garage to be over-wintered...salvias and fuchsias mostly. I cut back perennials and hardy fuchsias.
Above you can see an example of my "red neck" gardening style.
This Henry Weinhard's beer display is just the ticket to over-wintering sedums, hens and chicks, and the like. I have four shelves and it holds plethora of plants. I have it on the south side of the house well under the eves. The plants should do well there.
Above is my original sedum, agave, hens and chicks, etc display rack. All tidied up and ready for winter.