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Thoughts on Gardening in September ….. Visions of Autumn coolness on the horizon!
Fall weather makes me happy – it erases all those recent July and August “hotter than Hades” days and recollection of thinking the heat is surely baking my plants. The clematis and roses are blooming again; the perennials and annuals I cut back in July are huge again but with fresh new growth and flowers that the Sun hasn’t faded. The night time temps and shorter days start contributing to a beautiful fall garden.
It’s time to think about pumpkins, mums, tulips and pansies. Pansies go in next month, lawns get over-seeded with cool season blends of fescue and rye, tulip planting follows in November.
Easy idea for porches or even in the garden.
I love white pumpkins and I love bittersweet.
What a great look for all those 3-tiered trays and platters we all have now.
‘Autumn Joy’ Sedum is spectacular in the garden during September and October. It should be on your list of wonderful “must-have” perennials.
Love the tunnel view of this garden planting.
Reporting back on my experiment with Epsom salts – you can see the difference after only 6 weeks. I will continue to use Epsom salts on this topiary and I’m positive it will continue to look better and better. I have been using it on my hydrangeas and English Roses and they are putting on lots more blossoms at this time of the year than I would expect. I’m sold on this – I’m sure a there are tons of serious gardeners out there who already knew all of this…but I had just never gotten around to using it myself…Love it!
Top Things to do in September
· Take a break from daily container watering!
· Turn back the sprinkler a few notches….less water is okay now.
· Do some garden clean-up – make your garden look like July and August were not that hot!
· Continue to support your roses and climbing vines.
· If you are a true gardener – you have already scouted out the nurseries for some new provisions….it’s a great time to replace casualties of the summer weather / and long vacations away from your garden.
· Assess your garden design and plant selections – this is a good time to jot down notes from your summer successes and failures.
· Enjoy the hummingbirds and butterflies - your garden should be a swarming with them.
· Place your tulip and spring bulb order for best selection – please don’t wait on – early bird gets the worm!
· Start planning for the fall garden chores – October is just around the corner.
Happy Gardening - Terry
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