What an amazing fall we’ve had here in Minnesota. I just had to show you all these crazy Endless Summer Hydrangeas. They didn’t bloom at all in the summer, but started putting out tons of buds around the last week in September. We’re going to get a hard frost the next three nights, so I cut off the big heads of flowers and made a bouquet. The sad thing is there are about a dozen or more little buds that will get nipped by the frost. I’m thinking the reason they bloomed so late is that I pruned them to late this spring, except that Endless Summer hydrangeas bloom on new wood, so I’m stumped. Any ideas for me? By the way, I just read a good article on pruning at The Impatient Gardener blog. I love Erin’s no-nonsense style. Check it out when you have a minute or two.
In addition to the Endless Summer Hydrangeas still going strong, the flowers in my big window box that runs along our picture window in the front of our house are still going strong. The colors of these purple Supertunias and Marguerite Daisies are so intense. Since this is my first year having a window box, it will be interesting to see if the plants survive the frost, being that it’s under an overhang and close to the house. I didn’t even pull any plants out and decorate it for fall because it has looked so good.
I’ve been busy planting bulbs, cutting back perennials, digging up tender bulbs, pulling weeds and annuals, gathering seeds and getting the last few plants put in the ground. Nothing really photo worthy, but an important part of fall gardening. Are your gardens ready for winter? I will plant the rest of my bulbs and a few more shrubs this weekend, but that will be it for me. Goodbye pretty flowers, goodbye hydrangeas, go to sleep and happy winter.
Thanks a bunch for stopping by today. It’s been a great gardening season and fun to share it with my readers. Winter is a good time for us gardeners to learn and make plans for the next growing season. With that in mind, I will be sharing gardening posts over the winter months to help us get ready. Take a few minutes to have a look around and share some garden goodness on Pinterest or Facebook.
Have a blessed rest of your day,
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