The beginning of the end

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The goldenrod has been blooming for a while now, and the Joe Pye weed also. And today I saw the first flash of orange-red in a nearby maple, as well as in my ‘Autumn Brilliance’ Juneberry. There’s no mistaking it; fall is right around the corner. Time to re-evaluate the to-do list and whittle it down to a must-do list.

I tried to be reasonable this year in my expectations of what I would get done in the garden. I decided not to start anything from seed. And, for the most part, I focused on one project: get all the daylilies out of Kathy’s Folly and into a proper bed. (I know, I haven’t told you about Kathy’s Folly yet. I will, I promise, but not tonight.) They’re not all out of there yet, but I still have hope that they will be before the ground freezes solid.

In order to accomplish even that much, there’s an awful lot I turned a blind eye to. But the gardener’s motto is ever: “Just wait till next year!” And thus I console myself.

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Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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Kathy August 19, 2003, 12:26 pm

Yes, Bill, Spring comes later and Autumn comes earlier. Last frost can often be as late as the first week in June, and the first frost has been as early as Labor Day, but is usually around the 3rd week of September for us. And you’re right, things are more smooshed together. Right now, goldenrod is blooming in the fields, but daylilies, phlox, bee balm, black-eyed Susans, and yarrow are blooming in the garden.

Jason, I’ll try to answer your question in a post.

jason August 19, 2003, 11:08 am

Now that you mention fall coming, it reminds me that I need to dig up and divide alot of bulbs. Do you have some recommendations for when to divide and a good method for keeping track of them?

bill August 18, 2003, 10:22 pm

when you mentioned the goldenrod i thought “wait a minute, that blooms in autumn.” all through the spring, i got used to everyting blooming down here in Texas earlier. i had to stop and remember that the reverse must be true in the fall.