Well it finally feels like fall. The nights are cooler and the days shorter. The trees are putting on their fall glory for all of us to see. Today the blessing of falling rain is also gracing our area. The four ducks in our neighbors pond which I see from my window are sailing by enjoying the downpour stark white in a sea of olives, gold, red, brown and orange. This also means a good drink for our parched soil I can just see the plant roots clapping their little hands. We were lucky with the rain as George has just put in a new garden with grasses in the retail area. This rain will give it a good start. It will be fun to see how beautiful the gardens we put in this spring look like come May after a year of growth. By the end of the season they were spectacular.
I will post some pictures I took not to long ago. This garden was only going to be a one year garden so lots of annuals went in, easy to delete those without too much hand wringing when it's time to really do the garden and till the whole thing. Most of the annuals reached gargantuan size in just a couple of months and the perennials were filling out nicely. By September the garden looked like it had been there for years. Gardens can be that way. They can look full and mature without an English pedigree--you don't have to be the Queen of England with a 400-year-old garden to be impressive.
As you will see our first year garden was pretty nice. It just takes some creative thinking in regard to what you chose to plant. Will this be a short term garden? Will you be moving or changing the garden in a few years.? All of these things can make a difference in what you choose to put in. With planning a fall garden put in in the spring can be a show stopper. Every new garden teaches us something. What flops and what shines in this particular garden. Soil conditions, sun or shade, crowding, the list goes on. Always new insights