Late September though October is probably my favorite time in the garden.
sure, I love the peonies and their brief yet bombacious bloom time is the stuff of my winter dreams.
and the first flush of roses…..just as dreamy , and even better when they explode along with the bulk of the early clematis
But it is at this time of year, when things are winding down, that I find it so much easier to walk about in the gardens and just enjoy. I know I have at least until the end of November to clean up the garden for winter , and other than bulbs there is usually very little planting to be done. If something looks ratty it is A-Ok to just cut it back or rip it out as the time for tours is over and no one will see the hole except me.
( just a pause here to wonder why we stop garden touring when many gardens still look so fantastic )
With fewer plants left that have yet to flower, it is a treat to see buds and anticipate things yet to come.
Now is not the time fret over slugs or fungus, now is not the time to plan , now is the time to just look and appreciate a season well grown.