I had the most fun with my first project, replanting the window boxes attached to my lath (shade) house. The boxes I'd planted in early July looked worn by late October so I decided they needed an overhaul. I found a colorful Coprosma at my local garden center and when I discovered a new Lisianthus that picked the deep pink tones in its variegation, the contents for my boxes came together quickly. There are 2 boxes and I used the same selection of plants in each.
|Coprosma repens 'Inferno' (left) provided the inspiration and the new-to-me pinkish red Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum, right) sealed the deal. I love the buds on the Lisianthus as much or more than the flowers themselves.|
|In addition to the Coprosma and the Eustoma, each box contains Nemesia 'Snow Angel', Alternanthera 'True Yellow', Viola 'Red Blotch', and Lobularia maritima (aka sweet Alyssum)|
|The second box is the same as the first|
My biggest project this week was emptying the raised planters in my cutting garden to prepare them for planting winter bloomers. This entailed pulling out the mildewed zinnias, all of which were still flowering, and digging up the dahlia tubers. Most of the dahlias had been knocked out by last week's Santa Ana winds but 'Punkin Spice' was still producing new blooms, even after I'd cut 7 blooms on Sunday. I cut all the mature blooms and used them to refresh the flowers in one of my vases before lifting the tubers for cleaning, division and storage.
|After pulling the majority of plants in each planter, I cleaned out the left roots and other debris, mixed in some fresh planting mix and a light dusting of fertilizer, then covered the soil with compost|
My other tasks were less time-consuming. I mulched the front garden bed I showed in last Friday's post after adding a few more ground cover plants.
I finally got around to pruning the 2 large Leptospermum 'Copper Glow' on either side of the walkway to our front door too.
|I love these shrubs but they'd gotten a bit larger than I'd planned while I wasn't paying attention|
This weekend I hope to get seeds sown and ranunculus tubers planted in my cutting garden.
|I've got more seeds than space already|
That's a summary of my week in the garden. Fall's a busy time here. What are you up to in the garden this weekend?
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