Hello! I just wanted to pop-on and share my end-of-season garden with you. The fall has never been my garden’s best look, and I thought why not show the good and the bad. It’s the month of August where I usually give up on weeding and giving general craps about yard work, and it shows. There’s always too many end-of-summer obligations and fun party times – weeding and garden maintenance is the first thing to get left in the dust.
My late summer garden tends to look burnt out, and I’d like to find some really hardy and pretty (foliage or flower) that can look fresh during the hot dry days of summer. I really enjoy my hydrangea bush and trees in August and September, but they are large and the space I have for new plantings is not big enough to accommodate more of them. Suggestions welcome – looking for sun-loving late summer bloomers!
This is what early October vs mid-May looks like. Notice anything different?
My window-box irrigation system is still doing it’s job so well! I switched out some of the petunias that were starting to fade with ornamental kale and small mums for the fall.
I have failed again at installing the paver border along the garden bed on the side of my house. I just hauled over a bunch of pavers, lined them up and then prayed that they would somehow magically get installed along the edge of the garden bed. I attempted to transplant a clematis I had growing on the trellis and it didn’t make it – so sad to lose a good plant always. I’ll have to replace it at the start of spring next year. My hydrangea tree sure is pretty though, and I love having this pathway along the side of the house. God bless my neighbor for having the best vines on his house. What a pretty backdrop to everything.
All in all, I stuck to my New Year’s Resolution which was to not be a jerk and neglect my garden like I did last year. I made some new improvements and devoted time to weeding and tending for almost the entire summer. I hired a new lawn care company that’s entirely organic and I’m excited to see how the lawn does going into the second season next summer. The lawn was aerated and seeded recently, and I hope that it helps the lawn to thrive. God only knows how much time I’ve spend babying that grass only to see so-so results – I’d love to have the best lawn on the block.