Today (Friday) we saw the sun!!! After weeks of cloudiness, rain, and even snow for a bit yesterday, we got a beautiful afternoon.
Still, it was 32° fahrenheit at 9 am, and the forecast is calling for near or below freezing night temperatures for the near future. There still may be some sporadic warmer days, but winter coat, hat, gloves and warm shoes are here now for at least 5 months.
Time to get back to the fall garden clean-up. Soon I will be too comfortable indoors and will not want to be trimming plants outdoors. Gotta keep the momentum going. Spring is a mess if I leave plants un-trimmed.
Everything that needed to be transplanted or planted was done last Sunday. That’s good. Next on the list was all the ‘Marque Moon’ and all the red daylilies, but the ninebarks took a hit from the frost last night so I think I’ll do those first. I’d prefer not to cut them back after the leaves dry.
I also need to cut back the alpine currant (another gift from Dad 😍). And I need to rake up the seeds and shells under the bird feeder. Those will go to trash not compost because there are a lot of black oil sunflower shells.
There are still seed pods on the ‘Marque Moon’ and ‘Purple D’Oro’ daylilies. I pulled some tonight that had opened, but I think I will have to leave the ones that haven’t opened. So if I do get to trimming back the ‘Marque Moon’ daylilies, a few flower stalks will remain. I don’t think I will have that issue with the red daylilies. They didn’t form many seed pods this year.
One of the Aureomarginata hostas is gorgeous right now.
I want to keep that until it fully fades. We don’t always get color on the hostas but the past few years have been nice.
Equally pretty is our lawn right now. It looks like a quilt of leaves.
I love that look! Too bad it comes with the cold of October. This year seems even earlier.
We did have a return arrival this week. The dark-eyed junkos are back. Not a good sign as far as being a bit early, but we do really enjoy them. I will try to get pics. They seem to be skittish right now so it may take a bit of stealthiness – lol! Laughing because I am far from stealthy!
I did get another fall candle yesterday. I tried it today. AWESOME! Way better than I expected! It is Melaleuka’s Warm Spiced Latte. Made the house smell so good tonight! Small pleasures to ease back indoors.
Lastly, I need to get propane for our little outdoor firepit tomorrow. I’ll write about that another day.
It did cross my mind that it would be fun to have our Guest in the Garden come for the weekend. He got a new sweater from my Mom ☺ But I don’t think he’d enjoy the cold. Hey, I won’t enjoy it if it’s almost freezing. But compost closes at 2pm, and there will be a lot to bring there this week.