“The Briar Patch”
Susan Zetkov-LubinWhere did summer go?
As the end of the summer fast approaches, most gardens, including mine are in the “wrap up” stage of production. I came upon a fine example of an exception this past week, when I visited Britt’s garden, a member of the Briarcliff Manor Garden Club. There, one recaptures summer garden happiness!
Enjoy the photos!
September Gardening Tips
-Submitted by Germaine Reusch-Hugue, Master Gardener, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Westchester, Briarcliff Manor Garden Club Member & Treasurer
Gardening Chores and Maintenance
Discard diseased and damaged plants and foliage.
Continue weeding to prevent seed formation.
Divide phlox and daylilies.
Evaluate the garden to decide what can be improved for next year.
Visit nurseries to see what is still blooming and possibly add next year.
Add mums for fall color
Last call to order/buy bulbs for fall planting. Augers are a big help in planting large amounts of bulbs.
Prepare bird feeders for winter.
Roundup is an approved herbicide but keep away from ponds and streams.
Remove dead branches from trees and shrubs but delay heavy pruning until dormancy.
Check for pests and insects before bringing houseplants indoors.
Collect and save seeds. Cleome bear seeds in capsules, which can be harvested when the capsules turn brown and begin to split. Dry the capsules in a brown paper bag and keep in a cool dry place until spring.
Consider adding flowering shrubs to the perennial border. They add structure and mass and are generally not as labor intensive as flowering plants.
Transplant/plant evergreens and keep well watered.
“To Autumn: Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.” - John Keats