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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.
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.
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.
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??