Fall clean-up

Busted out: one of the few vegetables still going is this zucchini plant, which has escaped the raised bed.
Busted out: one of the few vegetables still going is this zucchini plant, which has escaped the raised bed.

As the weather cools down, we’re starting to tweak the garden. But making room for one plant often cascades into lots of moves (or expanding beds). The magenta bee balm in front of the garage window is gone, moved to the iris bed visible from the kitchen window (that now has lots fewer irises) and to a bump-out near the front door, which we hope will add height to the end of the flower bed. A few crocosmia bulbs have been transplanted in the hope of getting some red zing and height mid-summer. To make room for a red currant against the deck, some astilbe moved into the iris bed. The siamese yuccas next to the garage are no more; one has gone to the back bed in the back yard. Some of the salvia that was too close to the similarly-colored catmint has been moved further down the path with the idea of creating some color repetition. Hopefully all these plants (and others) will like their new homes. Still to do: create more drifts of black-eyed Susans for more yellow pop in September. And then let’s see what the informal plant swap in a few weeks brings. More musical chairs?
Hmm… That area in front of the dining room, once named the death zone because we’d managed to kill black-eyed Susans there, needs a rethink. The bees love the calaminta, but it needs some color.

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