Friday was one of those super-busy days; you know, must do this, must do that, go here, do that, all day. All I had time for in the garden was a quick walk around with the camera.
It struck me that I have a lot of native plants in little pots
waiting to either be adopted or planted out. I really need to pot them
up into larger pots if I want to keep them over the winter, but every
time I think I'll do some, I can't find my darn trowel. And every time I
look at them all, I think, 'I really should have a Fall Planting sale'. Don't know why, but the thought just kept coming into my head every time I went near the pots area.....
Fall is a wonderful time to plant things. There is still two good months of cool damp growing weather ahead so new plants can get well established before winter. Also, you know exactly where you need to add something to your garden! August, the great leveler, will have made any gaps, holes or weak spots quite evident. Not to mention that working in the garden in September is very pleasant - we gardeners like the cool weather too!
So, Sept. 8, from 10am to about 2pm, all my small potted plants will be $1 each. There are ferns, different kinds, Bloodroot, Ginger, Trilliums and much more. Also some non-natives such as a few (very cute) miniature hostas and so on. There are not many of any, but some treasures. The address is 6114 Carp Road. (email me if you need directions.)
After 2pm, I'll take anyone who wants to come, on a Fern Walk, either around the garden, or in the woods. Where we go will depend on the weather and our fancy. Some of the ferns, such as the Botrychiums. are dormant right now, but others are looking particularly good with the cooler weather we have been having. The Walk should take about 2 hours, give or take a digression or two.
It also struck me how many fruits I saw, and how beautiful some of them are. I've put
together a collage of 12 of them, numbered, and I challenge you to
identify them! The first person to send me an email with all 12 correct, genus, species and common name, will win..... let's see, how about a
genuine, hand-made, stoneware, one-of-a-kind, custom-made (have I
belaboured this enough?) Pine Ridge mug? I'll even paint the native
plant of your choice on it! So get out your favourite field guide, dust off the braincells, and have some fun!
(PS. Looks like I talked her into it, heh, heh! Signed, The Trowel.... )