Monday, October 22, 2012

Compare Spring and Fall Garden

Back in July, our tiny patio garden was looking like a fairyland. The clematis vine was bursting with tiny white flowers. The pink petunias, purple myrtles, and red roses contrasted nicely against the brilliant cascade. The sun was bright, and powered up the solar birdbath for all the critters who would stop by for a sip and a bath - in that order. Even though it is a small space, it doesn't feel like it when you have to cut it back at the end of the season. It was getting out of control, and the flowers were long gone, so we collected three large garbage bags worth of cut vines and branches. We had an acre lot in Milwaukee, and the many gardens there required routine weekly care and pruning. There is no way the yard could be left to only a monthly upkeep. I decided to leave the hydrangea alone for now, because there's not much left out there, except for the annual mums that are due out within the next couple of weeks. I only know that because I use them as Thanksgiving decor. The red, gold, and white flowers look really pretty in the glass vases. And they are all home grown.

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