Fall Gardening and a New Chapter

I can’t believe we are heading into the last week of August. I always have mixed emotions this time of the year. I am sad Summer is ending because I will miss the beach and time with my grandchildren as they head back to school. However, I look forward to the cooler weather and entering a season of a slower pace. I am retiring after 39 years as an executive in retail and usually this time of the year I am gearing up for the busier holiday season. Now that I can slow down a bit, I can really enjoy September in the garden. There are several essential garden tasks that I need to complete in September for my Zone6b garden.

Spring Planning

As crazy as it may seem I begin planning for Spring. This process begins by capturing images of my garden spaces, carefully assessing what proved successful and what didn’t. This valuable information is logged in my garden planner, which allows me to track and organize my plants effectively. Many of you have asked what I planted so I have labeled some of my garden spaces for your reference below.

Perennial Management

The fall season provides an optimal opportunity for dividing and relocating perennials. As the temperatures cool down in Zone 6b, September and October become prime months for this task. After reviewing the layout of my garden rooms, I start by dividing my perennials to fill open spaces or moving them if I didn’t like the placement. Once I have divided or dug up the perennials for transplant, I enrich the soil with good compost and biotone before watering. Simple as that!

Spring Bulb Planting

To ensure a spectacular spring, I’m already planning for it by planting spring-blooming bulbs. I purchase all my bulbs from Jackson and Perkins and usually place my order late August or early September. Jackson and Perkins will send you the bulbs close to your planting time depending on your zone. See below for a sneak peak of what I ordered, I just love the color combo! I also secure my supply of bulbtone and bulb auger in advance to facilitate the planting process. I cross-reference my garden photos to ensure precise bulb placement for a beautiful Spring show.

Winter Readiness

My garden’s transition into fall continues with tasks such as deadheading perennials and removing annuals. Pruning my roses and dahlia plants is particularly important to keep them blooming until my first frost. When pruning dahlias, I take care to cut deep to encourage longer stems. However, I allow certain perennials, like echinacea, to go to seed, providing seed for birds during the winter months. Weeding is important throughout the Fall. Once weeded, I add preen to the beds which will prevent the growth of weed seeds in the upcoming spring.

Spring Preservation

September is the month where I wrap up the gardening year by collecting seeds. As I remove some annuals and trim back perennials, I’m mindful of allowing certain plants to produce seed pods. Once these pods are fully dried, I carefully harvest the seeds for future use. Make sure they are fully dried before bringing them inside to store. For plants such as foxgloves, zinnias, and poppies, I let them go to seed to see if they come back.

The Next Chapter

Embarking on this new chapter as I retire I find solace and tranquility in my garden. I’m looking forward to the chance to slow down and immerse myself in the beauty of this new chapter. I’m not just tending to my garden, but also cultivating a sense of fulfillment in this next phase of life. It has brought a renewed appreciation for the simple joys each season offers.

How do you embrace new beginnings and find fulfillment in the changing seasons of your own life? 

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  1. Your garden has been an inspiration for my own – your plant combinations and colors are beautiful and when all in bloom the beds are amazing! Just wondering if you cut back the beds (phlox, peonies, hosta, coral bells, nepeta, cranesbill geranium, veronica, salvia etc.), in the fall or the spring? I usually do it in the fall but am unable to this year, & wondering if it will cause issues in the spring?

  2. Oh to achieve this in my garden 🥰….
    I’d love to know the approximate size / depth of the bed ( left side of photo ) that is shown with the pineapple fountain in the foreground and white chairs in the distance . How do you deal with Japanese Beetles . In my zone 6b the beetles ravage roses . Thank you providing such beautiful inspiration ❣️

    1. Thank you Barbara for your kind words. The bed from the fountain until the chairs is 30 feet. It is actually larger which is not shown in the video or photos. The bed is 7 ft in the narrow parts and 12 ft closer to the whit chairs. Regarding the roses, David Austin breeds some for health and I love them. Then I use rise time in spring and and Bayer after first flush. Doing this I don’t have any big concerns when I see them I drop them in soapy water. Here is the link.

  3. New to your blog. You seem very experienced, beautiful gardens! Love how you label your photos with the plant variety, very helpful. Will also try biotone, maybe that will make a difference in the lackluster effect of this years garden.

    1. Hi Jennifer! Thank you so much for following along. I am glad you find the information helpful. I use biotone only when I plant or divide flowers or plants. I fertilize with planttone. Compost type mulch will also be helpful!

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