I planted mums today in my feed bucket pots all around the house. Soon they will be filled with yellow, white, pink, and red fall blooms. After that, I headed into the garden to give it a good fall cleaning. The invasive sweet potato vine had to be taken out so I could see where I had space for new flowers next year. This fall, I will add some bulbs for early color next year. Hopefully the perinnials will fill in after a long winter's nap. Overall, I'm happy with my first year flower garden. It has been a good place to work by myself on something for myself. It fills me with wonder and joy. But today, I felt I was saying goodbye to some of my favorite bloomers this year. For I know they will not be around much longer with the days getting shorter and the temperatures dropping.
So... farwell Purple Verbena. I do hope you come back next year.
Rest well, Yellow Coreopsis, you have bloomed all summer. You deserve a break.
Pink Knockouts, you are so thorny but you sure do have velvety petals. Bloom until frost.
Verbena on a Stick, multiply till your hearts content. I will be happy to see you standing tall next summer.
And finally, Red Million Bells, I know you are not long for this life. I look forward to bringing your sisters home to bloom.
Goodbye summer garden.