Monday, September 13, 2021

November Hill farm journal, 137

 I’m fully into fall planting this week. 

So far I’ve put in small stands of coreopsis into the bluebird bed and the driveway bed to add some yellow color in each. 

We’re putting in a new trellis in the potager to give my new coral honeysuckle a place to climb. The current plan is to install a “wall” of trellises across the back of the potager for screening, but with native climbing pollinator-friendly flowers. We started last year with the climbing aster, which is doing great, and the coral honeysuckle will go in this week. 

I have more pitcher plants ready to go into a new water garden container that has shipped and should arrive this week. I’ll be taking out the previously-planted pitchers and will move all of them into this water garden container, which will sit in full sun on the “other”side of the walkway going to our front steps. I’m creating an additional pathway that will fork off from the original walkway to go to the firepit area, and when we remove the butterfly bush that’s there, I can put in additional pollinator beds along that new path.

Thanks to some volunteers, my transplanting some, and a few new things to come this fall, the “other” side of the walkway is filling in nicely. 

Tomorrow I’ll pick up the second grouping of plants and will have to work hard to keep up with the planting as I have four more groupings to come. If I can keep up as they arrive I’ll be lucky!

In other news, we had a very nice weekend here. It was writing weekend and then yesterday an old friend came by for lunch on the deck. We’ve tried to schedule a visit for two years now, and finally pulled it off. 

The herd is good, dogs and cats good, and the bees are incredibly busy with our fall nectar flow. We’re back into the 90s for a few days this week, and hopefully cooling down again soon. These spells of very beautiful and cooler weather are like a tease - I would love it if the highs in the low 70s and nights in the low 50s were permanent. 

I’ll have to add some photos soon of all the new native plant species I’ve added this year.


Grey Horse Matters said...

Busy as usual! It all sounds like it's going to be even more beautiful than it already is. Glad to hear all the critters are doing well and you got to visit with a friend finally. I wish it would stay in the 70's all year too!

billie said...

Yes, I say I want days with nothing written on them to do, but of course, I’m the one adding all the things, right? Though enough of them right now have to do with houses and work being done and regular maintenance,etc.

My brain has been very busy this month, and I really do need to intentionally slow myself down.

Hope all is well up where you are, A!