9 - 06 - 2012
It never ceases to amaze me how plants almost immediately react to cooler / less humid weather. They perk up almost overnight as night time temps get back into the 60’s instead of the 80‘s. A fresh pruning of your annual flowers and most perennials with a good drink of water, and milder temperatures make a big difference in how your plants will look.
The September “things to do” list is following a hot and dry summer in nearly every state. Watering your plants is the most important thing you can do to keep them alive and thriving. Knowing we may have a dry winter, it’s very important to continue to water through the fall months. My roses, perennials and even my trees have put on new fresh growth as the night time temperatures have cooled and I have continued to swelter away as provide them with necessary hydration.
Potting Shed envy – Guilty!
Top Things to do in September
• Peak planting and dividing time is upon us;
• Assess your garden areas - take notes of what worked and didn’t. Mark areas that would have been easier to maintain with groundcovers or different shrubs.
• Be sure to water trees and shrubs now through hard frost, so that they enter dormancy in a well-hydrated state. Evergreens are particularly vulnerable to desiccation and winter burn if not well watered before the cold and winds set in.
• Stop feeding woody plants.
• Be on the lookout for dead, damaged, or diseased wood in trees and shrubs and remove those limbs, this is also a good time to remove suckers and water sprouts. No more hard pruning until later in the year…don’t want to risk encouraging regrowth.
• Take a break from daily container watering!
• Turn back the sprinkler a few notches….a little 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.
• 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 procrastinate – early bird gets the worm!
Cutting back Purple Cone flower in July provides for new flowers in September. Don’t forget to spread the seeds in these seed heads – hundreds of seeds in every flower. Just toss them into the soil below.
Purple Angelonia has bloomed all summer – I cut it back last month and it’s putting on fresh new flowers.
My favorite climbing rose – Abraham Darby – blooming again after rains and cooler weather. More blossoms to come through December as the weather cools down – what a treat to have repeat bloomers in the garden.
A beautiful example of crepe myrtles that have been pruned properly – they have bloomed since early June.
Happy Gardening -
All My Best -