I have such mixed feelings about October. When October goes, it can only mean one thing—snow.
The daylilies are gone, and it is the rare daylily to bloom in October. The Stellas don’t count, they are just about always in bloom until we get hit with a killing frost. Which makes me wonder, why can’t we get that trait in other daylilies. Then again, would the fabulous blooms of other daylilies be so fabulous if they were more common place? The stellas are yellow and start the season, and finish the season with that same yellow. Many daylilies are labeled as rebloomers, but the truth is, here in northeast Ohio, they do not rebloom. I typically have a few that rebloom, but it is a real toss up as to which ones will rebloom. Every year, a different daylily decides to rebloom, and it is most often not the ones that come with the claim to rebloom. You will get more reliable reblooming further south, and I do mean much further south. This year Clothed in Glory rebloomed for me, and it has never done that before, and it is not listed as a rebloomer. I am thankful that it rebloomed, and it isn’t yellow.
I did have one lone daylily blooming away in October. It just kept sending up flower scapes all season long with it’s FFO on July 17th. ( FFO = First Flower Out) Baby Moon Café. Isn’t it cute? I have Baby Moon Café in the field across the street, which is my overflow bed!
However, and most fortunately, October is the beginning for some gardening activity. The planting of spring bulbs. The one fall activity that I do so look forward to. Last fall I did not do a major planting, only potted up a few for forcing. This year I placed a large order. I planned out this order last spring, as the gardens were filled with daffodils, and other spring bloomers. I carefully marked areas that needed a bloom with golf tees.
The bulbs arrived from my favorite seller Van Engelen , their website is on my sidebar, and I highly recommend them. The UPS driver was very concerned with all the ‘work’ he was delivering! I see planting bulbs as therapy, not work at all.
The bulbs were large and healthy. Here is a double nosed daffodil bulb. There is Bowie in the background, overseeing the bulb planting.
I ordered a bicolor, Classic Garden, a double pink, Candy Princess, a trumpet pink, Chromacolor, and a nice yellow/ white small trumpet, Pipit. This order also included a mixture of Muscari , a few Asiatic and Oriental Lillies, and a few bulbs of Crown Imperial. The Crown Imperials are impressive spring blooms, but they do stink. If planting these, and I do recommend them , plant away from any sitting areas! The plus side of the stink is that they will deter those pesky squirrels and chipmunks. I have several planted among the tulips and I know it is why these tulips have not been disturbed over the years.
The other word of caution for the Crown Imperial, which is in the fritillaria family, is that the bulb is different from most spring bulbs, in that it has a hollowed out center as you can see from the picture.
Because of this unique characteristic of the bulb, it needs to be planted sideways in the ground. This way water will not settle in the center and rot the bulb. All other spring bulbs are planted with the root plate on the bottom and the pointed end up.
Well, October is quickly passing and the bulbs are planted, and there is snow in the forecast for the last day of October. I am closing up the garden, putting most of the hardscape away. This is probably not totally necessary, but I know the items will last longer, and I have the room to store them.
I haven’t been on my blog much at all this past year, the time spins by so quickly, with computer issues, and life becoming busy, I just never got around to sitting down at the computer. I have much more gardening to share, as the summer was very busy with special garden visitors. I do have one last bloom to share, and this is my most precious bloom of all! A new (and first) grandson! What a joy and a true blessing.
Happy Fall Gardening