October may become one of my favorite months of the year. The air is cooler, the rain is plentiful and the trees begin their colorful displays.
I planted hundreds of daffodils and alliums , added some perennial mums, including an unusual one -the japonica, which is white. The leaves on it are very striking. Pansies are a popular Fall flower around this town but I prefer the more woodland viola variety that will spread and return again in the Spring.
I added several 'provence' lavender to the wildflower roadside garden so that when they are mature I will have something to see in winter. Planted rosemary, another popular plant seen everywhere, and which grows very tall and robust here. I laugh when I think of the lenghts I went to in Chicago to just keep it alive under grow lights in the winter.
Added more ferns to the woodland garden -Korean rock fern and Autumn brilliance, two evergreens. Planted more 'Miss Huff' lantana which adds up to about 6 or more. Can't wait to see them blooming all next summer.
Being diligent in spritzing the garden with deer repellent has worked so far. I observed a whole herd passing my property boundary and keep right on going. I am getting bids on putting up a fence in the back so that I can garden without worrying about them and rabbits.
Created a driveway vignette with the stash of boulders and large stones left from an old stone wall. It's planted with grasses, dianthus, veronica, lavender , japanese rock garden juniper, bear's britches and ferns.
The rock garden in my backyard is filling in nicely. The catmint I planted in the Spring bloomed almost all summer and spread to three times its size. I've added some Spring blooming bulbs, asters, veronica and Japanese iris.
This month marks the first year of my garden and thus far I have planted seven different garden beds, all with my own two hands. I've worn out and broke two hoes on the hardpan I had to break up to add compost and manure to. The wildflower roadside garden, started from seed, did very well for its first season and I will continue adding more perennials for Fall and Winter interest. When my fence is installed I plan to develop a real veggie garden , plant more trees and shrubs and of course, some fragrant 'sweet autumn' clematis on it.