Well, hello there! I’ve taken a very long break from garden blogging. The six-week break was initiated by travel, then continued, allowing precious time with family. Lack of writing caused a general malaise to develop in me about all things garden, and that was furthered by the change in seasons as dormancy approaches. Yet, it’s been beautiful here at Coppertop, with dahlias still doing their thing, leaves changing color and falling, perennials requiring digging and dividing, and bulbs still calling out to be planted.
Two days ago I finally emptied out all my greenhouse tomato pots with Son’s help, but not until the plants gave a couple more good harvests, providing the base for some luscious marinara.
Yesterday I began cutting back the dahlias, even though the plants haven’t browned since our frosts have been on the mild side. I’ll leave half of my 150+ tubers in the ground (raised beds) with protection, but someone has to dig the others! This bouquet is one of the last and features some of my favorite purples of the year. I am thankful for four months of gorgeous dahlia blooms.
And did I mention the leaves? Autumn is glorious.
Monday, as I divided perennials for a May 2019 plant sale and dug tender perennials to get them into sheltered locations, I came across this blooming geum ‘Mrs. J Bradshaw’. November continues to delight.