Saturday, September 12, 2009

A Wander through the Garden

A perfect autumn day.

First came the dawn, lit by a cool, quiet glow while the day prepared to sigh gently and present the first of its gifts.

A painterly sunrise and the breakfast bar preparing to open its doors to the small bird population.

The afternoon was warm and pleasing as I wandered to and fro, considering an ever changing plan for next year's garden, - what needs to be moved, - where can it be moved to, - would it do better here, or there?

The sedum is perfect where it is, lighting up various parts of the fall garden.

The small Turtle plant was moved in the spring, but it is still being squeezed out by the invasive mint that goes galumphing through the garden, - the solution is obvious. Move the mint, somewhere out against a far fence where it can spread to its heart's content without digging elbows into its mild neighbour.

The second blooming of the lovely blue delphinium met with disaster when a wild wind bent the Barn Flower down upon it, breaking its tender stems. Out with the Barn flower, - off with its head. It will have an abandoned beauty across the pasture, waving far into the air against the same fence with the mint!

I have nothing to say about the sunflower, - it grows where it will, and we always leave enough small plants scattered amongst the garden to brighten the summer months and feed the small birds in the fall.

The white phlox is a favourite, but it is side by each with an overgrown day lily and on the other side a rambunctious fall chrysanthemum, - I think they would be lovely candidates for the new garden in Midway that grandchildren are enthusiastically tending....

Well, there is another corner of the garden that is a hodge podge of colour, all blooming in a lovely mosaic of wild grasses, yellow daisies, weigelia, lavender, a clump of chinese lanterns that thought this would be a good place to establish a subway station, a few persistent borage plants, with their ice blue stars. And the Rhubarb.

There is no end to pondering when you are considering the fate of the garden.

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