Shut Up and Dig



These driveway dahlias were nice until a couple days ago.

Well, I guess I can get out the fall décor (won’t say the H
word yet) a little early this year. Many of us in the Northeast have been
pounded by cold driving rain and high winds over the past week, so much so that
even if some balmier weather does arrive, as I am sure it will, the container
plants and tender perennials are too ripped apart to recover. My outdoor
tropicals are barely hanging on (I like to test them).


Guess I'll just take a walk. (Burchfield Nature Center)

But is this premature devastation such a bad thing? In many
ways it will be a relief to stop watering the pots, plant them up with bulbs
(as has been reported here, that is how I use over 200 of my bulbs); pull out
the stakes, cut back a few dead stalks, and enjoy a somewhat denuded but still
pleasant garden. Hikes, country drives, and outdoor activities are still
possible. And there are the other 200 plus bulbs to get in the ground. At some

Posted by on October 1, 2009 at 10:00 am, in the category Shut Up and Dig.
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7 responses to “Splat”

  1. Yeah, we had our first frost last night — goodbye to the lingering tomatoes, peppers the glory of the dahlias is over. I’m cleaning up and planning for spring now. It is a little nice though — winter is a nice vacation for thinking and other pass times.

  2. Liisa says:

    Fall arrived with a fury here in the Pac NW. First frost for us last night too (gosh, there are a lot of Fs in that sentence). Time for clearing out, rebuilding beds, and planting the cover crops.

    Even if you won’t use the H word, it sure feels like that spooky time already…

  3. Sometimes we just need a nudge from Nature to finally admit, the season is over & it’s time to move on.

  4. Chris Upton says:

    It is a relief isn’t it? I always feel an ironic component though; the tropicals, containers, and lots of the annuals are at their most beautiful now and it seems somehow not quite right that they’re cut down in their prime. And it seems even worse that I’m a bit happy about it!

  5. Mary Delle says:

    A good walk is just the thing for this time of year. Sorry for the early loss of your plants. Must have come down cats and dogs.

  6. Zach says:

    It’s always sad when the end of the season comes early! Not much you can do though.

  7. I’m testing my tropicals this year, too, Eliz… just not on purpose. Out of sheer forgetfulness (and running out of time in each day) instead!