Monday, November 4, 2013

Redesigning in the Fall Garden

There is new growth in the fall garden.

The red salvias survived the summer heat and drought like the perennials that they are.

New green onions are sprouting again from the original cuttings that rooted last year.

The third year peach tree did not bear good fruit this year, although it was prolific, and will need some attention next year.

The three new fruit trees, pear, apricot and plum also survived the summer and are growing more happily in the new cooler weather.

The grapevines survived a second year and were shaded by the volunteer sunflower forest.

Now, I have cut down the dying sunflower forest and am gathering the long stalks to be shredded and made into compost.

I am completing the half-circles of white bricks around the red salvias, green onions and the new comfrey plants.

I am circling the fruit trees with white stones.

The blue salvia has managed to find good growing conditions here and there in the yard and adds its color to the fall garden.

The ever-present and ever-active lemon balm adds its delicious scent as it continues to spread despite my efforts to contain it within circles of white stones.

I am pleased so much is able to thrive in blackland prairie soil and that I am learning how to plant what is good to grow here.

© 2013 Kathryn Hardage