Unlike knitting, where there is a distinct line separating the "work-in-progress" from the "finished object," gardening is a continual process. Change is constant when it comes to gardening! That said, my big summer gardening project is pretty much complete. As complete as a gardening project ever "is."
This particular gardening project began last winter, when I started dreaming about what I wanted to do in my backyard. When everything is frozen, and the sun has disappeared, and there is so much snow that you're just hungry to see grass or dirt . . . well, that's when I start my serious garden dreaming. By summer, the scheming was in full swing -- and I was ready to put my plan to paper. THIS is what I wanted . . .
And THIS is what I got . . .
It's not quite "there" yet, but I'm pleased. If you kind of squint your eyes and imagine. . . the plantings with a year's growth (and blooms), a swing in the pergola, and some hanging plants . . . you can see what I dreamed up. And by planting now - in the fall - I'm getting a head-start on spring. These new plants will set their roots and pull up nourishment in time for the long winter ahead. And, come spring, their growth will be amazing! Fall is actually a great time to plant a new mixed border. You can take advantage of sales for new plants (just be careful -- not all sale plants are healthy plants!), you can mix bulbs right in as you go, and you can transplant and divide plants you already have from other areas of your garden. (Just yesterday I "rescued" 6 astilbes who were hiding under an overgrown brunnera -- and I planted them on the far right side of the pergola. They're going to be so much happier!)It's satisfying to go from this. . .
to this. . .