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September within the Cottage Backyard

There may be shade nonetheless within the Cottage Backyard with zinnias across the bench

“Method every season like it’s the just one”

— David Culp

Fall has arrived formally. Right now of yr I’m often feeling drained and able to throw within the towel, or put away the trowel, so to talk. This yr, nonetheless, I had a brand new burst of power after watching David Culp’s September webinar by which he made the above assertion. David Culp is the creator of the gardens at Brandywine Cottage in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Examine his packages HERE. His month-to-month walks by means of the backyard are really inspirational, doubly in order they’re illustrated with Robert Cardillo’s lovely images. I’m now rather more motivated to work in my autumn gardens. 

In consequence, this month I hung out freshening my borders and containers with fall-blooming perennials and annuals. I left a lot of the fading perennials, resembling purple cone flower, to go to seed for the birds to get pleasure from. I lower down the lifeless Shasta daisy revealing its pretty basal leaves and eliminated another ugly, lifeless crops resembling peonies. I revel within the continued blooming of zinnias, marigolds, hydrangeas, and salvias. I delight within the look of fall-bloomers like asters, chelone, helianthus, and sedum ‘Autumn Pleasure’. 

Some crops that I added are pansies, viola, celosia, mums, croton, gladiolus, and a coreopsis. I eliminated straggly petunias from window-boxes and added just a few sun-patiens that had been solely $2 every as a result of it’s the finish of the season. From a distance my flower beds and containers do not look too dangerous. Though my gardens are fading quick they’re an enchancment on earlier years presently. Listed below are just a few footage. What do you suppose?

I did little to the Serenity Backyard–just tidied a little bit. Duane put out the autumn flags.
I am ready for the asters, backside left, to bloom. The hosta leaves are riddled with slug holes, so do not look too shut.

September blooms clockwise from prime left: sedum, turtle head, gladiolus, celosia, and pansy

The gorgeous gladiolus misplaced all its blooms within the final storm, Hurricane Ida. September has been a month of heavy rains and excessive winds. Ida triggered intensive harm in David Culp’s backyard and at Northview, my buddy Jenny Rose Carey’s garden–so many timber misplaced in each locations. David says, “The character of our artwork kind (gardening) is change.” However it have to be troublesome to see the ravages as a possibility. Jenny Rose, nonetheless, is already planning new plantings–she is wonderful. My prayers exit to all those that skilled losses on this yr’s unprecedented hurricanes.

Lavender, perennial geranium ‘Rozanne’, and yarrow ‘The pearl’
Japanese anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ beginning to bloom in Serenity. The anemone on the correct has no flower buds. I ponder why? It’s within the Cottage Backyard space.
Clockwise from prime left: mums, marigolds, and helianthus. Backside left: the amsonia is now altering shade and can quickly be yellow
Wild asters, lovely natives, appeared within the reducing backyard this yr
Fading hydrangeas add their very own magnificence
The sage I planted within the herb backyard is filling the trug with lovely flowers. As salvia is a member of the mint household I should not be shocked that it has unfold a lot. I assume this is not the culinary one. I nonetheless have loads of different herbs although: rosemary, chives, parsley, and thyme
The Kitchen Backyard continues to be producing plenty of goodies

Clockwise from prime left: Bok choy, Swiss chard, string beans, cherry tomatoes, pole bean plant



There are additionally carrots, parsnips, and kale. Within the coldframe I planted lettuces, cauliflower, and Brussel sprouts. 


Lastly, a gorgeous fall planter. This was a present I obtained yesterday for my birthday on October 2 — once I develop into an octogenarian!


Thanks Mary Ann and Calvin



I’m linking with Sarah, Down by the Sea, in England for her month-to-month glimpse by means of the backyard gate.

Take pleasure in fall, expensive gardening associates!


Pamela x



The farmers in my potting shed with their fall produce

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