Daylight Savings Time signals a shutting down, a closing in, an end to brightness and growth. It means we still wake up with the darkness, but now we come home to it as well. For some, this change in light negatively affects their very psyche. For others, like me, it is a season of sweetness; full of coziness and darkness pierced by subtle bits of light.
|Pansies are the last blooms pushing on until frost.|
Closing Time for the GardenThe woods, the garden and the lawn are all shutting down for winter and I am doing my best to preserve what I can for the next growing season. All of the large potted plants from the front porch have been moved indoors and today I made one of two "nursery pots".
|Plants I want to SAVE for next year!|
|Note the ROOTS!|
|Cuttings in a Nursery Pot|
The Final RushOutdoors, I am also furiously finishing up planting for the best possible gardens next year. Young woodland plants went in a few weeks ago, allium bulbs went in a new garden bed as well and plenty of mature plants found on clearance are finding homes. The goal is to get them in, get them watered well and allow the plants to develop solid roots before the ground begins to freeze. Now that the plants are in, they are getting a blanket of mulch, leaves, sometimes cardboard and whatever other organic materials I can find to both protect and nourish them over the winter and into the spring.
Those pictures were actually after having the overgrown grasses trimmed back and the ivy cleared somewhat from the rock wall.
I don't have a "before" before photo of the grasses bed, but it looked a little like the rest of the property when we bought it -- kind of like THIS: