Today was maintenance day! I prepared myself for the mosquitoes and grabbed my pruners and began. The hostas all bloom at different times and I’m starting to prune off the spent flowers. It makes such a difference and takes just a little time.
I’m still waiting for the late season hosta bloomers to start to blossom. My Irish Luck hosta which is right next to these, is full of tight blossoms which will hopefully be open within the week.
My Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart has now entered dormancy. It is always a sad time as it is signaling that Fall is fast approaching. I clipped it down and applied a light coating of mulch. I moved a planter of begonias over and it now anchors this bed of annuals. There were two large toads hiding under the bleeding heart whom now have to find a new home. They disappeared over under some of the hydrangeas.
About six weeks ago, our resident doe had eaten the tops, including the blossoms, off of my Garden Phlox in our main perennial bed. Don’t tell her that they set more blossoms are now absolutely beautiful – and so fragrant. I was surprised that they set so many new blossoms, but my guess is that it was early enough in the season that there was plenty of time.