I can't bid the annuals goodbye!
It got down to the 30's Saturday night, and I know winter is coming. I'll be out of town the next two weekends, so this was the weekend I was supposed to cut everything down and back for the winter. Cut back the lemon balm, pull down the nasturtiums and BES and cypress vine and clematis. Rip up the tomato plants (which have produced quite a lot last week!) Dump all the hanging baskets in the compost pile.
But I can't! I can't say goodbye to the garden just yet!
I did get a couple of things taken care of. The key lime, the calamondin, three scented geraniums and the agapanthus went to work, to spend the winter in sunny windows.
The hibiscus tree, three more scented geraniums, the jasmine, rosemary and bay all moved into the apartment. All the pots and saucers got washed, and I think I got all the bugs out.
I took cuttings of the Purple Queen, vinca vine, even some of the roses.
Cut the remaining roses off the bushes, striped the petals and laid them out to dry. Harvested the last of the lemon verbena, and cut a lot of thyme for the winter.
Butter was on sale last week, so I softened about 1 1/2 lbs and mixed it with chiffonaded nasturtiums. Rolled the butter into little logs and put them in the freezer. Tonight, I'll vacuum seal them in individual bags, so I'll have "confetti butter" all winter.
What are you doing to say goodbye and tuck your garden in for the winter?