November 5, and it is well with my garden. Gradually, flowers are slowing down, but roses were still blooming in the blustery day that preceded yesterday’s rain. ‘Carefree Beauty’ seems to have come out of her slump of two months and is blooming freely now. She grows near two roses that died of Rose Rosette Disease so I expect her to come down with it. I will enjoy her as long as I can. I did take some cuttings of ‘Carefree Beauty’ last year, and one is growing in the bed facing the street. So far, the street bed, as I’m now calling it, hasn’t seen any RRD. ‘Belinda’s Dream’ is also looking mighty fine.
My garden’s daily story is being told more now in berries, stems and leaves than in flowers. This is as it should be.
The mums which took so long to flower are now doing so with abundance. I am grateful for their late show. So are the few pollinators left flying about. I saw one Monarch today. She is late. I hope she laid eggs on the swamp milkweed in another bed.
My recent posts on annual and tropical plants and fall-blooming plants for pollinators were information driven. This one is more personal. Fall has made me reflective, and this year, with one child grown, two children in college and the youngest a sophomore in high school, my life is quickly changing. That’s the thing about life and gardening. You practice–you think you have them down, but then life or Mother Nature changes up the game plan. Having my children grow up is exciting because it marks a new chapter in our relationship and mine with Bill, but it’s also a very big change.
It’s a good thing I’m pretty good with change.
There is always work to do in the garden which helps me miss the children less.
Bill made it his mission to get water inside the greenhouse. It has flood tables, but I found it easier to water with a spray rose. After I sold an article last year, I bought this very pricey, but wonderful Haws Watering Wand. We knew some people who could bore beneath the greenhouse floor and place a water spigot. At first, the floor buckled from the work, but the bricks that were set in sand soon settled. I asked Bill to place the faucet under one table so I can still pot things up in the greenhouse end. That meant moving it over. I am grateful I have a husband who takes on these projects. I’ll do a post on the water and some greenhouse musing in a few days.
Together, Bill and I are taking down the fountain this year instead of heating and leaving it in place. It takes both of us to move the large red pot. We’re looking for a leak that kept us filling the fountain every couple of days all summer. We want to be able to leave it for longer than a week for vacation. I think we accidentally pierced the liner with the grating system when we reinstalled it two years ago. Above, Bill replaced several rotted fence posts with Brennan’s help. This must be done every couple of years somewhere on the extensive split-rail fencing in our yard.
There is talk of the garden being on tour next year and in 2017 so I’ve been ordering garden markers and making plans for if and when it happens. Garden chores are necessary and keep us active in winter. So does the treadmill or walks outdoors. It’s important to stay in shape as much as possible so we’re ready when spring comes.
It will come again you know.
It rained. Those two words mean everything. So many times this year rain bypassed the central part of Oklahoma favoring the drought-stricken western counties. My friends on the western plains need rain even more than I, but still, my pond may never be the same. More people moved near my oasis outside the city in the last five years than have in the last twenty, and they built large expensive subdivisions.These landscapes also pull water from the aquifer beneath us, and we’ve had drought, so….
You get the picture.
My garden is finally turning out in its fine fall colors. As the leaves drop, the garden will soon be down to stems as bare as bones. Winter is a long season, and it’s a good idea to pick plants with good bones and make sure the garden has them too. A few evergreens help, but Oklahoma has almost none that are native so we do our best with interesting grasses and many non-native shrubs to carry us through to March and April when the eternal dance begins again.
Try not to be sad about the lessening light each passing day. Not long from now, December 21 will be upon us, and the days will slowly begin to lengthen again. Plus, after Christmas, we can all make plans for seeds to buy, and plants to start indoors and out. We’ll try new annuals, perennials and vegetables. New varieties of tomatoes are always a treat. I know that spring seems far away so let’s just stay in this autumnal moment because there is much to celebrate here.
It is well with my garden. How is it with yours?