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Winter is Fast Approaching – My Winter Tour

I took a walk around the garden this morning to see how everything was doing – I took some pictures to share. Early on I was greeted by my local hummingbird. I was happy to see s/he was still able to find a couple flowers on my salvia ‘hot lips,’ hardy fuchsia, honeysuckle and toad lily. Poor little guy won’t have anything after awhile so I’ll need to make sure the feeders stay full.

I started my little tour in the front yard where the flower beds are already buried with leaves from the Walnut and the Magnolia trees – their winter mulch… I don’t bag or remove leaves from my garden – every last leaf is tossed in a flower bed to feed the worms (and other critters in the soil) and protect the plants from the winter cold.

Front garden - mostly sun perennial bed

Front garden - part to full shade

Front garden - part to full shade

I walked towards the back yard – hitting the side garden first. This is where I have the chicken coop and bog garden. It’s pretty colorful this time of year because of the viburnum that hangs over the fence from the neighbor’s yard – I think it likes my garden better.

Side garden view towards the back yard.

Carnivorous Bog garden and chicken coop.

Back yard - north facing mostly shade perennial bed.

Then I ventured to the back patio and veggie garden. It’s looking a little bare since all the patio cushions are in the garage and the veggie beds are resting. I do like how the patio ground cover is finally filling out – even if most of it is moss. It’s helping create the lush look I originally wanted.

Back patio

Later today, I’m going to seed Territorial’s fall cover crop blend in the veggie beds – it’s a mix of Austrian Field Peas, Crimson Clover, Hairy Vetch, Annual and Winter Rye. I’ve never planted a cover crop before so it’ll be interesting in the spring when I need to turn the soil. Oh, and can you see the tomatoes that are still trying to turn red in the greenhouse – I’m pretty sure the heater is helping.

Raised beds & greenhouse - fenced bed is planted with garlic & onions.

Then finally I walked out to the back alley to check out the garden I recently re-planted out there. A couple months ago I removed all the Iris and replaced them with grasses and drought tolerant plants – I was having a hard time controlling the creeping bent grass that was growing between the tubers. I can’t wait to see how this bed fills out next year!

I also noticed the frozen banana plant that I haven’t protected from winter yet.

Alley garden - full sun

Now that I’ve pretty much filled every possible space with a garden, I’m now eyeing the hell strip (space between the front sidewalk & street) that’s beyond the front hedge. Then maybe I’ll be done? That’s next year’s project.

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. something about a wet fall garden that’s just pretty to me! Thank you for the lovely share


    November 12, 2011
    • I agree. It’s really the time of year the leaves get to shine!


      November 20, 2011
  2. The close of the gardening season is always a bit bitter sweet. I find that in winter we forget how much work we put into those summer flowerbeds and we set to dreaming about new projects like your “hell strip”. Myself, I am eyeing that last bit of the grass in the backyard and thinking about making woodland path, a pond, maybe some sort of gazebo and….


    November 13, 2011
    • Ha ha ha! Jennifer, you sound exactly like me! Good luck with your woodland path, pond and gazebo! ;)


      November 20, 2011
  3. Beautiful photos. I see your garden ages gracefully.


    November 14, 2011
  4. I love all of the colors in your garden. The green house and stone work looks amazing. I am very jealous.



    November 15, 2011
    • Thank you for your kind words. I also love the greenhouse & stone patio! ;)


      November 20, 2011
  5. My name is Nate, I am new to your blog. New to gardening, actually. I have been an irrigation guy for a long time and am now testing the gardening waters. We’ll see how it goes! Mostly just preparing for next year. You have a beautiful garden! So many plants! Gosh.
    I like the idea of using leaves to feed the worms and other critters! haha


    November 18, 2011
    • Nate, welcome to gardening! I didn’t always have this many plants…every year I add a couple more and now it looks like this. Hit all the plant sales in the spring – you can get a lot of plants for a lot less money. You’ll be surprised how fast these smaller plants grow. Good luck!


      November 20, 2011
  6. Angela I am madly in love with your garden. Even at the worst time of the year it is absolutely beautiful!


    December 7, 2011

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