Welcome reader to my blog - a mixture of this and that. Now that we are living in a retirement community in downtown Columbia, MD my personal gardening activities are somewhat curtailed. I still enjoy visiting gardens, reading, watching wildlife on my walks, traveling, and occasional food commentary. Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. I read every one of them.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The State of the Garden After Frost

 The garden has a different look these days.  Instead of flowers the interest points are seed pods and the promise of growth in the Spring.  These ferns have the most interesting formations left after their leaves have dried up and almost disappeared.
 The hibiscus leaves behind an interesting pod.  I wonder where the seeds will show up next spring?

 The Autumn Joy sedum has turned a muted burgundy.  I took cuttings of this lovely plant and stuck them in new spots.  I hope they reward me next year for my efforts.
 Even the obedient plant has pods and next year there will be more plants.
 The foxglove's new seedlings are bright green among the brown leaves.  I left them where they seeded themselves for now.  Next spring I'll have to decide if they need to be moved to other locations.
 The frost took care of the marigolds.  I saved seeds from these for next year.  They worked so well in the vegetable garden and as filler in the perennial garden this fall.
 The mums are going fast.  I hope they survive another winter.

 The greenest part of the perennial garden is the herb triangle.  Most of these will be green through the winter.  The sage is great to have for turkeys at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
 I hope the rosemary lasts.  This was a new planting this year.
 This compost bin is full as is the one by the vegetable garden.  It won't be long before I can shovel out from the bottom to nourish the beds.
 In the vegetable garden the garlic is up,
 there are some lettuce leaves to be cut,

 the bok choy is growing slowly but I plan to wait for Sarah's arrival home from China so she can prepare it for us along with
 the tatsoi, another Asian green.
 The shadows are long through the trees mid-day.  The sun is low in the sky in the south and will get lower for 6 more weeks.
Time for the gardens to sleep and dream of the next spring.


The Musical Gardener said...

What a pleasant afternoon ramble through your garden. I'm a little envious of your greens - but then I shouldn't be, since I had the same opportunity to plant that you did. Oh well, next year.

HolleyGarden said...

How fun to have plants seed themselves - like musical chairs! Smart of you to stick Autumn Joy here and there. I should do that! Your greens look great! Your vegetable garden is so neat and tidy. Mine's embarrassing right now!

Marcia said...

MG - It's funny but I'm rather disappointed in the greens. I so looked forward to having spinach but after several sowings it has done nothing at all. I think we had too much rain.

HG - I got the idea for the sedum from one of the garden bloggers whose name escapes me now. She said they are easy to propagate this way. This is my first try so time will tell. And the foxglove is a biennal so if I want it again I have to let its seedlings grow. I have more of them along the glen edge which is fine with me, too.

And as to the tidiness of the beds- raised beds are great for that.

wilderness said...

Marcia yes everything looks so neat and orderly. It will be interesting to see where your seeds end up next spring.

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