Wow, lots and lots of rain on Saturday. I tried to get up early and get some gardening done before the heavy stuff hit, but I was pretty well soaked after a couple of hours.
Mostly I was trying to rip up and cut back everything killed by the frost last week.
But yesterday was gorgeous and with all that rain, a great day to plant bulbs, shrubs and trees and pull weeds. Everything comes up so easily after a big soaker like that.
That first big frost can be so depressing â€” thriving annuals turn into a pile of mush overnight. Like morning glories– from this:
I did save a few morning glory seeds for next year:
I’ll let them dry out for a few days, then add to my seed box for next spring.
African blue basil, before the frost:
And in a frozen, dead heap:
Right next to the tomato vines:
I like the way some hardy perennials actually look better after a frost. It crisps up and deepens the colors. Lamb’s ears:
Others, though, need to cut back at the first sign of cold weather. Like sagging hosta foliage:
I like to go right to the ground.
Peonies got the same treatment yesterday.
Cannas came next.
First I cut back the foliage:
And then I dug up the bulbs/tubers to save for next year.
Look at how many more I was able to dig up this year, compared to last year:
Like dahlias, the tubers grow and multiply quite a bit over the course of the summer. Some get quite big.
I let them dry out for a few days, then cover the box with more newspaper and store them in my unheated basement as is. All came through just fine last winter.
I planted bulbs yesterday, too: tulips, allium and crocus.
This weekend, I hope to get to forcing more bulbs in pots for early spring indoors. I’ll show you how to do it– it’s easy.
While hunting for a bottle of wine in the basement last night, I came across a bag of crocuses that I forced last fall and enjoyed indoors for a couple of weeks last spring.
I found a few moldy bulbs, but most seem fine.
You can’t force the same bulbs twice, so I’ll plant those next weekend right alongside the ones I planted yesterday.