|Ballerina - I think!|
This is an ongoing, every season chore!
2) Prune the roses
On most of the roses, I just prune out any dead or undesirable branches. But I cut back the Knockouts and Flower Carpet roses quite a bit as they get too big by spring otherwise. Same for James Galway as he is planted a bit too close to the walkway. May have to start doing this to Julia Child, too. Hmmm.... seems like a bad trend I've got going there.
Azaleas need fertilizing now. And I fertilize the roses for the last time this year.
4) Cut back
I trim all the boxwood and hollies now. Cut back the ivy and asian jasmine (another seemingly ongoing chore). Cut back and deadhead any spent blooms. This takes longer than you think!
Remove any dead plants. Transplant any plants that I want moved. I have a lot of rearranging to do this year!
Fall is traditionally a good time to plant here. Just make sure to water adequately if the fall rains don't materialize.
7) Project time
Time to try to finish any projects left undone in the spring, or start a small one. I usually try to squeeze in both! (not always successfully)
Dream of new projects for next year. My favorite chore! There's always some way I'm trying to improve my garden. I think of new dreams to ponder and plan through the winter.
9) Stop and enjoy
After the searing heat of summer, the garden goes through another glorious burst of color. Enjoy it. Winter will be here soon. Probably before everything on my list gets done!
The rose pictures were taken this morning. Isn't it wonderful to be able to work around such beauty?