Garden Log: September 17, 2011

Yesterday was all about garden clean-up. It felt great! Tidying the beds and pruning the shrubs appeals to my organizing side.

Here’s what I did:

  • I removed the seed heads from the sunflower stalks and set aside three of them

    Late-season Wildflowers

    for the squirrels.

  • I stripped the remaining leaves from the stalks, and placed them in the side yard to dry. We’ll use them in our “haunted house” on Halloween.
  • I cut a handful of wildflowers and put them in a  vase.
  • I pruned the dinosaur topiary in the children’s garden.
  • I continued my search-and-destroy mission for the invasive plant taking hold in the side yard.
  • Finally, I pruned the Hardenbergia and Jasmin. That job was long past due.

Dinosaur Topiary

I love this time of year when the days shorten, the air crackles and the leaves, even in sunny California, start to turn. The squirrels are busier, the geese are settling in at the neighboring schools and the light winds knock down the end-of-summer smog. Good riddance to that.

Although it’s no longer “PC” to light a wood-burning fireplace,  I must confess to my weakness for that smell. Our fireplace is long gone, but I lift my nose to the wind and catch a drift from the neighborhood hold-outs.

It’s sweater weather. Time to get the broccoli seeds in the ground.  What’s happening in your garden?

Gourmet Squirrel Food: Only The Best For Our Friends

5 thoughts on “Garden Log: September 17, 2011

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  2. Awwww, I wouldn’t pass on lunch in your garden either. How cute are they when they’re munching away..or filling up their cheeks with take-out. I’d love to peek into their little homes to see how they organize alll the goodies they take there. Adele once threw a pink rag rug over the porch and came back to find it all unraveled. Then they found this squirrel den in the attic of their garage and it was a pink palace….I thought it was a clever little decorator.


    • Oh my goodness what a great story! That is so funny. (Well…I don’t suppose Adele thought it was funny at the time). Those squirrels have a mind of their own, that is for sure. It would be fun to see a squirrels nest. I’ve often wondered what it would be like to attach little cameras so we could see the goings-on.


      • We’d probably get really dizzy watching that home movie. The way they scoot up, down, around. We saw a chipmunk in the river valley today…soooooo tiny. Adorable. Seemed like he stopped to check us out then thought better of it and slipped under a stairwell, it’d be fun to follow him though.


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