We had unusual amounts of rain in August – 14 inches, which was way above the normal and causes plenty of problems for my yard and everybody else’s yard. We had rust on the lawns and fungus and blackspot on many of the plants making it necessary to clean them out and let them dry out. So mother nature gave us too much. Everybody needs a balance and the plants can tell you when they have too much.
The rain also caused our black walnut tree to be heavy and overladen with nuts. We had 2 and 3 inch branches fall. They knocked down my one arbor and a lot of it landed in the pond which caused an acidic problem we had to take care of. So because of that we’ve had our 83 yr old black walnut tree taken down. It’s kinda sad to take an old, old tree like that down, but it was a necessity. The wood is going to be used and recycled into furniture which makes us feel a little bit better that the tree is still serving a purpose. I will have to rebuild my arbor and also the garden that was behind it. So just one more project in hand.
It’s getting close to putting the gardens to rest. I’ve been called and asked to give a garden talk all about putting beds to rest. September’s here – time to think about letting everything go to sleep for the winter. I’ve enjoyed a couple of installations using ornamental grasses, which are becoming real popular. Looking forward to writing a book and doing some lectures this fall. I hope your garden beds are looking good for now with the fall color. Let’s start thinking about putting them to rest.