I just came back from Seattle where the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is in full swing. We visited the Roozengaarde Nursery and I was quite impressed by the beautiful gardens and miles of fields full of row upon row of tulips and daffodils in different colors and varieties. Check out the slide show.
In the meantime, here in Western Pa. seems that rains have graced our gardens for most of the past week. I was looking forward to getting back in my garden and get things under way… not so fast! The ground is saturated and very soggy, it is not advisable to walk on very wet soil as it compresses the soil damaging the intricate fibers and delicate roots. Once it dries, the soil stays compressed and hardens.
So, I am exercising a bit of patience until things dry up a bit. I did step out and stayed on drier parts of the garden, weeded by the paths, applied Liquid Fence and Preen to keep those weeds from germinating. waiting for a few dry days.
“God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done.” ~Author Unknown
Sedum spectabile 'Brilliant'
Perennials and shrubs have a much easier time getting established if planted now. We have ample time until the first frost to transplant, divide and put new plants in the ground. The warm soil and cooler days, promote faster root development. Also, at this time of the year, the product of photosynthesis is being translocated down towards the root system in preparation for winter and dormancy, this facilitates root development for new plants. We also tend to have a bit more rain in fall, at least more that in the last couple of months, we hope!
Peonies, Irises and all kinds of bulbs should be planted now. Peonies specially are fuzzy about being moved in spring so you will want to get them in the ground now. You should also plant bulbs in pots now for forcing indoors in time for the holidays.
I like to take advantage of the local nursery plant sales and pick up as many good buys as I can. Last year I was still planting in early November with great success. Everything I put in the ground made it through the winter and seemed to have gotten a leg up over all other plants I put in the spring.
Corydalis sbibmienensis 'Berry Exciting'
Here is a great little find. This little Corydalis is loaded with delicate purple flowers I planted it only three weeks ago… a real gem!
One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides. ~W.E. Johns, The Passing Show