I’ve trimmed just about every shrub on the property, and I’m gaining on deadheading my perennials.
Today, I’m moving a few plants because it is supposed to rain tomorrow which is always a bonus. I’ve also got two Arborvitaes that I need to get creative with and bring them back into the acceptable height range. I’d be better off digging them out and replacing them with something smaller, but then again the critical word is ‘dig’ and they’ve been planted there twelve years. I think I’ll give trimming a shot even if it is not recommended.
Here’s a tip if you’ve ever looked for a plant marker that can withstand winter conditions. These are for a Master Gardener project and came from Sunshine Engraving. I can highly recommend their customer service and the product. The price was approximately $5 for the label and stake.
Besides trimming and deadheading, I made hoops and used some of my plastic fencing to enclose the small white Kousa dogwood trees I’m holding over for the May plant sale and my two blueberry plants. That pile of greenery on the ground is the tops from three catmint plants. I’m going to divide them this morning because they’ve gotten too big.
I have to enclose tender plants because my closest neighbor feeds deer throughout the winter. She literally pours bags of feed on her patio and herds come up to feed. Before we started going to SC, I had seen up to 18 of them at one time enjoying her buffet offerings.
Besides deer, fall has also brought out the bears. We’ve had two sightings here in town, and I don’t ever remember that before. We’re also still struggling with the unbelievable squirrel issue. They’re now referring to it as the Squirrel Apocalypse 2018. I’d laugh, but it has gone from humorous to grizzly (pun intended).
Happy last Monday in September. ☕️