The Garden of Suddenly September

Suddenly it’s half-way through September, and I’ve been slacking off. There are weeds to be pulled in the garden, weeds in the front path. We had a lot rain in August – more than normal, often accompanied by strong winds. Many of the taller, later-flowering perennials in the garden have gotten floppy because of it. The garden in September is a contented swarm of different bees and butterflies, but aesthetically speaking, it could use a little help.

My hanging baskets have seen better days. One has seen the last of its days.

The Garden In September

I’m super excited about the number of asters in the garden. They are one of my favourites.  During Spring cleanup I took the remaining seed heads from the asters and sprinkled them along the back fence. Several plants came up, and flowers are just starting. With the wild goldenrod and the echinacea I also transplanted back there in the Spring, there are some good things going on. It’s a little sparse right now, but they will spread.

The Liatris has gone to seed. I will save some to start more plants, and sprinkle some of the seeds along the back fence, like I did with the asters.

Asters, Echinacea and Goldenrod shown growing near the back fence, along the runoff creek.
Asters, Echinacea & Goldenrod along the runoff creek at the back.

Closed Bottle Gentians are starting, hidden amongst the bright yellow heads of non-native Black-eyed Susan. There are more Bottle Gentians this year than any year previous. All this rain has been amazing for some plants that usually struggle where I’ve stuck them.

Close-up of Bottle Gentians
Closed Bottle Gentians

Obedient Plant is flowering. There used to be more, but it was anything but obedient in it’s attempt to take over the garden. I pulled a lot out. I may have been a bit savage in my reduction strategy, but I have no doubt it will recover.

Obedient Plant flower, with asters and black-eyed susans in the background
Obedient Plant

Missing Mellons

Three or four little muskmelons mysteriously disappeared without a trace a few days ago. This was the most success I have ever had with melon in this garden, and I was very excited. I have no idea who made off with them. The vines were not obviously damaged, so apparently it was some somewhat dexterous individual with a high level of restraint and cleanliness. This was no slash and grab.

Planning Ahead

Usually the Fall comes and goes so quickly that I have to rush to plant bulbs at the last minute.  I’m normally too late to move and divide plants and have to leave it until Spring. Over the next month I need to divide the Monarda, tame the hostas, and find a new home for the Alchemilla mollis by the front step. And there are seeds to collect, like Liatris.

Should the hydrangea be moved? I like it there, but the maple tree is getting ever larger and blocking more and more light.  Every year the hydrangea gets more spindly and weak. But what to put in its place?

Always, always, so many decisions to make in the garden in September.

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