Occasional Gardener ~ 2006

Sunday, September 24

Summers End

With the autumn equinox falling on Sept 23 it seems fitting that the photos I took on Thursday capture the colors of summers end. Chinese Lantern with gold creeping jenny and rose tinged sedum sieboldii our first choice. The dark maroon leaves of the Shisoh herb contrasted against the green Basil being our second. The third- deep purple clematis in our post header above.

Heidi dug out all the old pictures and plans of the garden, I'll be organising them to create the 'About the Garden" page soon. I took home a large bag of tomatoes, lemon grass, mint,thai basil and Shisoh.

Saturday, September 16

Tomatoes & Clematis

We are officially eating tomatoes. Both the Early Girl and the Roma had ripened fruit to pick. There were a lot of bees and wasps on the many sedum flower heads which deterred working too close to them. The clematis that was growing on the porch front and disappeared this year has self seeded itself in the vegetable patch and I let it climb up the empty teepee that we sadly were too late in finding any beans for. Its now flowering and it looks like its the autumn flowering Clematis Terniflora. Which means the other Clematis on the front porch is Summer flowering and needs to be pruned accordingly for next season -'In late winter or early spring. Start pruning from the top down, removing only dead and damaged stems to the highest pair of healthy buds."

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