Now begins the time of year when the roses--the flowers--are at their best. The Thrips are gone. The plants have grown for months and burst with the vigor of stored energy. The days are warm, the nights cooled off. The sun sets earlier so the flowers retain intense color longer.
It's also time to look over the garden, growing weary from months of growing, and to make solemn promises about next year.
I do solemnly swear to provide proper support for the Dahlias next year.
Proper support for every single Dahlia in the garden.
I do solemnly swear to get all the succulents out of pots and into the ground, where they will thrive and not die of thirst. Yep, I underwater succulents.
Agave 'Sun Glow':
I do solemnly swear to properly support tomatoes next year, too, rather than creating a sprawling, jungle-perfect habitat for rats.
'Lady Emma Hamilton':
I do solemnly swear to finish the east slope project before next summer. The project I started back in...2011? Oh, dear.
I do solemnly swear to get a photo of a hummingbird wherein the hummingbird is in focus.
Autumn...it turns me into an optimist, every time. What garden mistakes do you plan never to make again?