September gardening

cabbages and pansies for boxes
Cabbages and pansies for garden boxes
We thought we were going to wait till spring to start any gardening, but none of us could stand waiting.

I’ve been poring over gardening books, planning the spring beds. Our house looked sad and bare, though, after we ripped out the previous owner’s shrubbery. So we decided, we can at least put in some evergreens for winter, right?

Hick's yew with berry
Hick’s Yew (Taxus x media “Hicksii”)
holly in the garden
Japanese Holly (Ilex crenata “Helleri”)
With our freshly painted porch and door, we thought it might be nice to add some garden boxes too.

window boxes on porch rail
Fresh paint and garden boxes
We’ve never had garden boxes before. They are my new favorite thing about our house. Besides the turquoise front door. And the oak floors. And the kittens.

flowering kale cabbage
Pansies and flowering kale
We wanted something alive at our house when winter comes, and the man at the garden shop said pansies and cabbages would be great for garden boxes. The only real gardening I’ve done was in Florida, and I know nothing about winter plants. I am trusting blindly. Even if they don’t last through winter, though, they look awfully pretty now :-).

porch rail garden box
Garden box on the front porch rail

12 thoughts on “September gardening

  1. Well, this is fortuitous!

    I started a piece of short fiction not too long ago and it was about a main character who always forgot to water her pansies, no matter how many times she was reminded.

    I think we have some sort of creative connection! Maybe. 😁😆😂😜 This is some of the most intriguing non-fiction I have read as of late.

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  2. Call me silly, but one serious question: the very first time I came to the US was during winter time in NY. And I saw these flowering kales literally everywhere and thought: “wow, what a smart idea. Combine flower decorations with vegetables”. And then I thought “Or maybe this is just designed to look edible?”. So please tell me, because I have been asking myself ever since: Can you eat flowering kales :D?

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