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You know all the stuff that I mentioned I had to do before it gets cold in this post? I still have to do all of them. Well, not *entirely* true—I did pull up the big gigantic zinnia, bringing in a bunch of blooms before sending it on its way into the woods. I’m hoping maybe it’ll reseed next year randomly there? A girl can dream. The nice thing about cut zinnias is that you can but them when they’ve just barely started blooming and they’ll still finish and be pretty.

zinnias - cut

Proof that I pulled the zinnia. Prob should have taken a pic of these before they got all wilty, huh?

But ummm besides that, I really haven’t done anything outside. We’re even still waiting for the shed moving to be scheduled (Note to self: take pic of the yard before it gets moved for reference). The gravel pad is done, but it’s still not moved.

Alice shame

I know, I know. Alice is ashamed at our lack of progress.

Perhaps this weekend. We have some tentative plans (including organizing the sheds if we move the new one on Friday), but I could prob fit in a few garden tasks. Siiiigh.

Question: Do you plant your decorative mums each year or treat them as annuals? I can’t decide what to do. I want to plant them, but I don’t really have a ton of space for mums. I have 4 very small ones and 2 slightly bigger ones to think about. hmmmm.

I pick up the first CSA delivery of the fall/winter season tomorrow! Will report back.


Hank is ambiguous about our lack of progress.


So I was going to post a pic of the hyacinths. They were just about to really POP. I got home and walked around the garden to check things out. Rabbits ate of the leaves of most of my crocuses! Oh well – they were done blooming anyway, so as long as there’s still something left, they should get enough sunshine to bloom again next year. Continue walking and – GRR – bunnies ate off the tops of all the prettiest hyacinths and a bunch of my early stardrift. Gah! So annoyed. There are still some small hyacinth blooms left, but – uncool rabbits, uncool! I’ve been friendly to you for the past 2 years and you haven’t eaten any plants and now you start? Bad rabbits.

Unsure of what to do exactly, I took out one of the big windchimes that goes in the veggie garden that I like to think keeps critters away (though it probably doesn’t). I also took the container of ground red pepper and sprinkled the whole darn thing over the garden near all the bulbs. Hopefully when they come back, they’ll get a lick of that and give up. I like having them around, but stay off my plants darnit!

I could post a pic of the carnage, but that would just make me sad. I think we miiiiiight so some mulching tomorrow, so if we do then there will be pics of that. I’ll post a seedling update as well. I think they’re all about ready to go outside. I’ve been slacking on the hardening off, but the few “sacrifices” I put out every couple of days all seem to be doing OK out in the elements full-time, so I think I’m pretty much good. A few will be going to different homes early next week, so that’s good.

Also, I do ave a mystery on my hands. Last year I bought a few mums at 50¢ each at the end of the year. They were the small ones and they had already bloomed, so they marked them way down. I planted them, they did fine, and now they’re all coming back up.

Only one of them, pictured below, seems to have done a weird spready thing. There is no plant coming up in the middle, but there are a bunch of little leaves on the periphery. What gives? I have an aster that is kind of doing this too, but the aster still has a large main pland and just has a weird spready part off to the side. Any ideas??

what happened, mum?

what happened, mum?


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