September Garden Update

1. I have quite a few different plants to get settled into the garden for next year. I will probably overwinter them at my place (allow them to develop a better root system – I will keep them in a greenhouse as well).

The plants include: columbine, rudbekia, echineciea, lupine, hyssop, licorice, lady’s mantle, perennial poppy and golden allysum. I started them from seed and they are coming along nicely.

I also have some other plants that will be ready in the next year or so for use somewhere – I started these for use elsewhere but right now have so many that I might use some at the Museum. They are ornamental grasses – I have blue fescue grass and a pink pampas grass. The pampas grass will take some time to reach maturity yet. It’s kinda rare; I’m interested as to how it will turn out. The bloom is on a 10-foot stem and is tinted light red as opposed to the usual ivory colour.

2. I was able to root new plants of the heritage azalea that we have – the yellow one. I have several plants of it; they have to be hardened off over the winter. We can develop a hedge of this plant next year somewhere.

I also have rooted more hydrangeas from my collection at home. I also rooted quite a few of a dogwood shrub. It has a white bloom arranged in linear form.

Note that these shrubs will take a couple of years to develop to anything significant.

3. As for plans for the garden, I have been more or less planning on:

a. Putting more hydrangeas in with the ones already planted by sidewalk. Hopefully I can put some in of various colour – i.e. light blue, dark blue, red and white to make an interesting colour variation. I also thought I would move the coast strawberries to this spot – they will like the acidic soil better and do better there, although I’m concerned about less sun.

b. For the garden opposite the hydrangeas, I have a bunch of crocus bulbs to plant there. They will have a good effect next spring.

c. The main vegetable garden – when we finish harvesting everything, will plant winter rye – a “green” composting crop. Winter rye will fix nitrogen into the soil and also help in the placement of other nutrients. In the early spring, we then plow it under and it decomposes in the soil, making it richer. An organic way to garden.

d. I have to prune the mock orange; it is out of control.

e. Probably near end of september, will change the plants in the pot in the well – put in some ornamental kale as it is winter hardy.

By Tom Galinis

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