I really have to get outside and do some clean up in the gardens. We have been away so much this month, I feel really disconnected from my garden. I was just reading an article in an old Fine Gardening about whether to clean up your garden in the fall or wait until spring. It seems most people advise waiting until spring to cut back everything, but I like the idea of getting things cut back and cleaned up and "put to bed" before winter. We'll see. While there is not a lot blooming right now in late October, there is plenty of color. I love this view out my kitchen window of the back fence. I like to think of all those vines weaving together like a tapestry, with a random zinnia peeking out, and the yellowing foliage of hostas and hellebores. By this time last year, I had already cleaned out most of my pots, but many of this year's pots are still going strong.
|Lantana--one of the best|
|Fading variegated hydrangea|
|Virginia creeper and hyacinth bean|
|Hyacinth bean blooms|
|Christmas cactus setting blooms (in dark purple leaves)|