Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Fall Gardening and Promised Pictures

My gardening shopping genes went into hibernation for the hot months of summer then fall rolled around and I made my annual pilgrimage to the Growers' Outlet  in Pineville and those shopping genes, which used to be much more focused on shoes, have kicked back in and I'm binging on mums. For me they make fall worthwhile.
My shopping cart (buggy). Do you recognize what's in it?



Another picture of my white mum that I planted last year. Looks like two there, but only one. Someone with four paws, who shall remain nameless but not blameless, walked through it. 
A little bit of gardening trivia: Mums supposedly have a better chance of survival if planted in the spring instead of the fall. I ask you, can you even buy mums in the spring?

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The baby hydrangea is trying to bloom. Do you think he'll make it before it frosts?



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Pictures, as promised, of the lovely and talented Diane Wolfe.



33 comments:

  1. Love ALL the photos you shared today.
    Blooming lovely. And yes, I am familiar with cat damage to plants. Very familiar.

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    1. Cats must think it's in their job description, huh?
      I must admit, I do get a kick out of Franky when I'm shoveling a hole and he's industriously digging at it too. Unfortunately, he does more fill in.

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  2. Wonderful flowers, hope Frankie doesn't dig them up! Don't work too hard, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Me too! I've started putting fences inside the fences. Heh.
      Hugs received and returned.

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  3. haha hopefully those four paws stay clear. Great photos too.

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  4. I know Diane!
    Frankie just likes to leave his mark.

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  5. I'm clapping my hands (like if you believe in fairies from Peter Pan) so the baby hydrangea will bloom before the frost.

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  6. Love the photos and hope the cat doesn't get at the flowers.

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  7. Aw, you made me look good! It was a delight to meet you in person.

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    1. Actually, the photos don't do you justice.
      Help yourself to them.
      It was a delight to meet you too.

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  8. Beautiful photos, never been able to grow chrysanthemums.

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    1. Bummer. I lost a big one last year. I'm going to have to do more mulching this year.

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  9. My white mums I added at my new home are still blooming, so cheery

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    1. Nice. Detes about your new home, please.

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  10. I love the flowers and they look so great this time of year especially the white just seems to sparkle. You know i always have sparkle in my brain. My hubby kept a couple of mums inside and, in the spring, he planted them and they came out that fall. One plant had 2 different colours and it was huge! So glad you met up with Diane. It looks like you both had a nice time:)

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    1. I like sparkle too:)
      Meeting Diane was both lovely and productive.
      You have a wonderful day.

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  11. that is true about the mums; they can come back next year if planted in fall, but stand a better chance once springs arrived N the soils warmer ☺☺

    sew.....we haz betz heer in TT bout which NAYBOR cat walked thru de flowerz ~~~~~~~~~~ ☺☺☺♥♥♥

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  12. I've seen her profile for years, but we've never connected. Neither here or on Twitter. Funny how that works out.

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    1. I hear ya. There's a lot of folks I see on the circuit too that I haven't hooked up with.

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  13. Remy and Shama, my two furry roomies, are indoor cats...so they don't get into trouble in the garden...and there are 3 acres of area of this property on which I dwell to get into trouble! :)

    Love "mums", too...ours here are in full bloom around April-May....just in time for Mother's Day.

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    1. Mums. Purrfect for Mother's Day. Heh.

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  14. Mum's in the Spring? No! Unless you buy them and bring them inside, then at Spring, plant them. Love the photos!!!! Big Hugs!

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    1. I know you can get them in catalogs but I honestly don't remember seeing them in the spring. Maybe I've just been to the wrong nurseries.
      Glad you like the photos:)
      Hugs received and returned.

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  15. My goodness, Super Sandra - with all the writing and other things you do, how in the world do you have time to create such beautiful and amazing flowers? I'm truly in awe, and adore all the perfect pics! Hugs...RO

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    1. You are very kind. Thank you, Ro. You keep pretty busy too:)
      Hugs received and returned.

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  16. Lovely to see all the photos you shared today.
    Chrysanthemums make good cut flowers too don't they.

    Happy gardening - keeping my fingers crossed for the baby Hydrangea.

    All the best Jan

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    1. They sure do, Jan.
      So far those crossed-fingers are working;)

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  17. I've not heard of Diane, so I must be from a different universe.

    I have heard of mums. You are supposed to cut then back to 4 inches by the 4th of July, but mine never lasted that long. Thankfully there are no little Frankie types in my neighborhood.

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