My Alpine Home

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Goodnight Sweetheart!

Today was a beautiful Fall day.  As much as I would like to play it ‘s time to say, “Goodnight Sweetheart” and put the garden to rest.

Every now and then I think it would be fun to live where I could garden year round.  But as I do the annual Fall clean up I find that I am ready for a break.

  The waterfall now lies silent …

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And the pergola looks lonely.

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As beautiful as it is, this barren tree tells me that before we know it the ground will be blanketed with snow.

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The last of the vegetables were harvested and the annual plants pulled from the garden.

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Alas, look what was lurking under the huge Zucchini vine.

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Hubby dug up the Canna bulbs to be stored for the Winter.  Amazing how much they had multiplied in just one year.  They’ll be tossed in a bucket with sand and stored in a cold area in the basement.

I also gathered Zinnia and Marigold seeds.

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Siberian Iris were divided and replanted.

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I added a few new perennials to the garden.  My friend, Amanda and I swapped plants.  I still have two boxes of Iris to get in.  My friend, Joyce bought me this Crocosmia to go by my waterfall a while ago.  I am just now putting it in the ground.

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Some outdoor furniture will be covered with a tarp and stored in the fire pit area.

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Notice what is already coming back?  Yup, Larkspur, like I say; it comes back every year with a vengeance and buries everything in it’s path.

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I dug my Rosemary  out of my Fairy garden and brought it indoors.  Still trying to decide if I want to do the same with this Charlie.  It has grown so large and trails to the ground.

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As I give the roses a slight trim one last beautiful red bloom bids me farewell.

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Every Spring I am totally amazed at the transformation that quickly comes in the garden.  till then,
“Goodnight Sweetheart!”

How about you, have you been putting your garden to rest?

Hugs,

Jann

I will be partying with:

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday

22 comments:

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

I just planted pansies, petunias, snaps in my pots...I am enjoying our spring! I still envy that glider of yours!! So pretty!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

We've been putting our gardens to rest too Jann! Your yard is beautiful!!

Salmagundi said...

The older we get the more anxious we are to put everything to bed for the winter. But, when Spring comes, we enjoy starting the process all over. For now, we need the rest!!! Have a great weekend. Sally

Liz @ Sit With Me In My Garden said...

Hi Jann-
I've been starting on this path too. I didn't divide anything but did plant tulips. I'm ready for the break too but always feel a bit sad to see the season wind down. We will bundle our lawn furniture up too!

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Awe! What a sad post. I almost feel melancholy! You know the fire pit is so much fun on Halloween night and orange light under the pergola with hot cider!!! Hee hee! But I bet you already have plans in the making.. if I know Jann!
Blessings,
Susie

Susie said...

Jann, It seems sad to see the end of the garden. We had one tomato plant, one...I have been feeding the left over tomatoes to the neighbor's goats.LOL. Smiles to you, Susie

Pamela Gordon said...

I'm half way there. I still have to cut back plants and add mulched leaves to protect the perennials from the snow and ice. I also still have a few annuals that won't give up so I'll wait until the next heavy frost hits them. It's a sad time isn't it? Oh, and all the deck furniture has to be stored! Ugh!
Blessings,
Pamela

Pam said...

Hi Jann. It's almost sad to see our beloved flowers fade. You are such a thoughtful gardener and I can tell it's hard to let it go. You have given it much love and attention! I can't wait to see all the flowers coming back next spring in your lovely garden! xo's Pam

priscilla said...

I am still holding out ! Don't want the gardening to be over..Its great yours is all cleaned up !

Cindy@OldTimePickers said...

I did put my garden to bed and it always makes me a little sad. But then when spring rolls around, it all becomes fun again.

Audrey said...

Looks like you have been working hard to get ready for winter. Love your last crop of tomatoes. I am hoping to have a garden next year. Drouth has been the problem here in Texas.
Enjoyed your Blog. Thanks for sharing.
Blessings,
Audrey Z. http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com/
Timeless Treasures

Danielle said...

Even here in Florida we have some 'wintering" to do in our gardens. It is rather cool today...finally...so I will be pulling annuals, trimming back perennials that have had their last hurrah of the season....and just general clean up. I rather like this time of year also...a kind of 'nesting' in the garden.

Donna said...

I will be putting my gardens to rest this week. I will be pulling up annuals and planting bulbs.
I wish mine was all done!
Hugs,
Donna

eileeninmd said...

You have been busy putting your garden to rest. It is a sad time for me, I love spring, summer and fall but, I am not a winter person at all. Hope you have a great week ahead.

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Jann,
It is a little sad putting the garden to bed for the winter, just like taking down the Christmas tree and all of the decor...Oh wait a minute we still have that to look forward too!! Yay!! There is hope for the garden next year and your new plantings will thrive just like all of your plantings did this year.
I have started on my beds too for the year end. I cut back all of my hosta's down to the ground. I'm looking forward to taking some pictures now that everything is so bare I can really see where I need to add new plantings! :0)
All the Best,
Christine

Lynn @ UpCountry Olio said...

I really do enjoy all the seasons that we have here in Utah. There is something comforting about putting the garden beds, to bed, for the winter. You have such a beautiful yard though, I'm sure it is hard to say "goodnight"

~Lynn

Rose L said...

I am a bad garden mommy. I leave it to take care of itself and wait to see what survivies nthe fall and winter.

Nancy said...

Hi Jann. It's funny, you're putting your garden to bed and I'm still planting mine. LOL. We have completely re-sculpted our landscape and have been putting in perennials the past 6 weeks. I have a few more Russian Sage and some Daffodil bulbs to plant and then I'll be done. Fortunately, the weather has held. But like you, we live at high altitude and snow will be here before we know it.

Nancy said...

Hi Jann. It's funny, you're putting your garden to bed and I'm still planting mine. LOL. We have completely re-sculpted our landscape and have been putting in perennials the past 6 weeks. I have a few more Russian Sage and some Daffodil bulbs to plant and then I'll be done. Fortunately, the weather has held. But like you, we live at high altitude and snow will be here before we know it.

mississippi artist said...

I am glad I live in the South, where I don't have to dig up my perennials!It is a big enough job to pull up annuals and rake pine straw!

Chenille Cottage said...

I am in awe of your green thumb! You just gave me the best gardening tutorial...Thanks so much!
I hope you have a happy day, Jann!
Blessings,
Carolynn xoxo

Kathy Shea Mormino said...

I would like to invite you to link up with us at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week if you’d like to attend.
http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/10/clever-chicks-blog-hop-5-happy-hen.html

I hope to see you there!
Cheers!
Kathy
The Chicken Chick