Archive for October, 2010

keeping track of the belgium endive

I’m so far behind in posting about the endive.  I dug them a couple of weeks ago when the weather forecast predicted no rain for 3-4 days.  On the fourth day I spent all of 10 minutes removing the spent leaves to ready the roots for their seasoning. Then I finally hit upon a solution for storing them until I’m ready to force them.

the container

I spotted an all cotton bath rug headed for donation in addition to the perfect sized plastic bin for the job.  So I layered a plastic bag ,half of the rug dampened with water, the other half of the rug dry,  the endive roots, more  dry rug on top and a covering of

rug wrap

all wrapped up

plastic bag.  The optimum temps are supposed to be in the upper thirties so I’ve probably shot myself in the foot here but I’ll continue to monitor for slime and mold etc. until I’m ready to ‘force’ the issue.

Garden bloggers bloom day

eight feet tall and finally a lone bloom

purple Eupatorium

a lone viola volunteer

Our Lady of Guadeloupe

'Rozanne' perennial geranium

Phlox (second flush)

And in the containers:


Calibrachoa 'Crackling fire'

Lemon Verbena

Elator Begonia-hanging on by a thread

And finally:

Ajana Pacifica

 Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting GBBD. Autumn is in full swing here in Rochester, NY. The fall colors are said to be about 45-50% of peak and the temps are ranging in the fortys to sixtys.  There are still a few blossoms on the tomatoes but I despair of any more ripening fruits.  There has NOT been a frost, at least here in this garden.

I included the Ajana because I doubt it will still be blooming by the November GBBD.


Finally a break in the weather

Riger begonia with red-orange lantana and creeping coleus

end of season

In the last week we’ve had 3 plus inches of rain so there’s been a halt in fall chores in the garden.  I’ve been fretting over having to shut down the garden while there are still container plants hanging in there. This morning I realized that I need not do much of anything to those containers that have annuals still blooming. Eventually the weather will turn cooler, there will be a frost and then a freeze and then those annuals will be kaput. Meanwhile I’ll enjoy. The only container I need to attend to is the one with the perennial May Night and a coral Lantana.  I want to transplant the May Night into the garden in time to give it a chance to settle in before a hard freeze. Mission accomplished today.

Salvia May Night with yellow and coral lantana


Yesterday I visited with DD to catch up on the trials and tribulations of the grandsons.  Yikes, It’s a soap opera!!!   While I was there I took advantage of the visit and cut some thinner branches of her Japanese Maples in hopes of rooting the cuttings. I haven’t a clue as to whether this is something that is even remotely possible.  It costs nothing to try.  In addition I cut some branches from the smoke tree that I bought last week.  I’m hedging my bets in case the tree doesn’t make it.

making decisions

I went out today to transplant the rose mallow into the sunshine and ended up moving and removing more than I’d planned.  I am so very fortunate to have such sandy soil to contend with. Sure I have to sidedress and amend endlessly.  But when it comes to digging in this sandy soil, even a senior citizen can do it.

So I moved the rose mallow and phlox ‘David’.  I thinned the Monarda and dug out 2 clumps of Campanula

There's lots more where these come from

.  I attempted to move the Baptisia and found that the roots were way bigger than I anticipated so I left it in place.  It’s a problem because so many other shrubs and perennials are set to elbow the Baptisia out-of-place.

Meanwhile as I cut back some ‘Walkers Low’ in the back raised bed, I noticed  scallions in the area I had put  onion sets. Apparently both the chippies and I overlooked them.  They  bided their time and threw up some new growth during this cooler time in the  garden. It remains to be seen if they survive to produce SOMETHING edible before the snow flies.