Fall in the backyard can be a little chilly; with little sun and a breeze rolling through it can be outright cold, even when it is so much nicer around the corner out front. I take advantage of a balmy day to perform those last chores out back, especially when they involve the pond. Right now the water is still at a pleasant 68 degrees, but it won’t be long before it starts dropping.
August has arrived and some gardens are starting to look a tad tired. Most gardens start “accidentally”; a quest for flowers as we carve out a bit of lawn. Sometimes a plot just beckons and we start with a large empty space which we try to fill up as the stores try to sell us their flowering plants. Then we run out of steam. A month or two later the flowers are gone, replaced with tired foliage. You stand around in the garden, wondering where the flowers went and what you can do to make it look better. Well, that falls into the category, been there, done that!
Looking back at this spring, it has been a very mixed bag. March brought us a hot spell, April had frost and cold winds. May was chilly, windy and mostly dry. By June it was still cool, but at least there was much needed rain. Now the garden is lush again and despite all the work done earlier I see hostas encroaching on other hostas. Time to break out the shovel again, dig up these big clumps, divide them and move them around in the garden. It never ends, does it?