I finished the garden chores, as intended, yesterday. It was mild, but I would have loved to have seen just a last hurrah of sunshine before this weeks predicted storms moved in. But, alas, no. Partly sunny turned out to be mostly cloudy;)
I mainly pruned away some of the branches of the Shasta viburnums, and cleaned up one of the crab trees a bit. They always sucker so badly. It was a “Prairie Fire” crab tree, which I am extremely happy with. The cherry red balls of fruit are covering the tree, and it stands up well to summertime leaf drop diseases. The Shastas turned out to be a bit too much, overbearing for where I situated them, but the pruning brought them under control. I like to natural prune that type of shrub. I put them with Fringe trees, which unfortunately are very slow growers in comparison. One of my mistakes. It is too late to do anything about it now, eventually with the shrubs pruned down and the time given for the trees to grow I think it will be all right in the end. But I wish I had situated everything differently. I would have widely spaced them and put them in a row instead of grouped. Live and learn.
My youngest son, who loves all things weather and keeping track of details, has let me know we are in for a sudden drop in temperature today. I likes it not, I says. But like it or not, here it comes… the true beginnings of winter. Come Christmas though, and we are all looking for snow! Fairly begging for it. A fickle bunch is what Ohioan gardeners are, we match our weather climate 😉 I am trying to talk everyone into getting the last of the chores done around here. My husband hasn’t put away stuff that he had out for remodeling projects and his work stuff. I refuse to pick up after him in the yard. I’m sorry, does that dismay you ???