Early this spring, we spruced up our painted plastic pots that we’ve used for several years now. Last year, they held our pepper plants, but this year I decided to plant zinnias in them. And they have made me smile every time I enter the garden.
I don’t think I’ve shown you the 2 bleeding heart vines that we planted under 2 of the wooden obelisks that Leo built. It is not the same as the bleeding heart flower. This is a subtropical evergreen vine that should grow back from the roots next spring. They are fast growers and have almost covered the 2 obelisks this year. (The middle obelisk had a cherry tomato vine growing on it, but it has already been removed.)
On the other side of the garden in the new flower bed that we created where the compost bin was originally located. The white climbing rose has grown tremendously over the summer and has given me lots of blooms. You can see how it has flourished since we planted it by looking back at the post: Changes in the Garden.
For the past several weeks, Leo has been preparing the garden for fall planting. This is the area where many of the tomatoes were planted during the summer. In the hot August heat, Leo pulled up the tomato cages and the plants, removed the landscaping fabric and irrigation lines, and then fertilized this area.
Luckily, we have our freestanding deck in the garden where we can get a little relief from the heat. And do you see what’s covering the fence behind it? Those are white morning glories that I planted from seed after we built the deck in the spring. I thought they’d never start blooming, but they finally did in late July.
Today we labored in the garden and planted 48 broccoli plants and 48 collard plants and ran the drip lines to them. Planting cool season plants is how we start fall around here at the Crossroads.