Finish Fall Planting. Check.

After I finished planting I sat down in the garden to rest, and right away there were three hairy woodpeckers, a red-bellied woodpecker, and several sparrows enjoying birdseed and suet in my front yard. I love watching the birds!

I am planning on installing a water feature in the spring that will draw even more birds and wildlife to my yard. I saw a segment about it on a local gardening TV show, “Virginia Home Grown”. It’s called The Bird Spa. You put it together yourself with items you can buy yourself. It provides clean running water and a dripper. It lasts for years. You can buy an instruction manual for $15 on the website:

http://www.iphotobirds.com/TheBirdSpa/

This weekend I planted my Rosemary, which has been in a pot since spring. From what I’ve read, it may not make it through the winter here. But I’m going to try anyway. I planted it in front of the house, and mulched it very well. Despite many nights with hard frosts so far, it still looks good.

I love that it’s evergreen. It smells so nice! Many times this summer I ran my hands across the needles and inhaled the wonderful scent.

I have used it in a few recipes. I read online that it’s delicious mixed with olive oil and a little salt, then you can dip fresh, warm bread into the oil. Yum!

Rosemary can grow as large as a shrub: 3 feet high by 5 feet wide in the right conditions. It can even be trained as a topiary.

Rosemary is native along the coast of the Mediterranean, so it means “dew of the sea” because it grows so well in those areas.

I planted 3 Allium Globemaster bulbs at the front of the garden. They look like something from a Dr. Suess book. They have 8″-10″ wide purple globes made of tiny flowers on top of 2′-3′ stalks. Bees love them! They are members of the onion family. The bulbs look a lot like onions. After blooming they become beautiful seedpod orbs. They are resistant to damage from rabbits, rodents and deer. ‘G

lobemaster’ is a sterile hybrid so it does not produce seed, so self-seeding is not a concern.

But they will colonize over time.

I can’t wait to see the leaves form a clump of foliage in spring. Then as the leaves begin to wither in mid-spring, stout flowering stems will rise topped with the huge, globular flower heads.

I also planted two Tequila Sunrise Mix Hyacinth bulbs that my friend, Gail, gave me. She bought them to force bulbs indoors over the winter. She gave me the extras. It will be a surprise to find out which colors they pop up as in spring.

Tequila Sunrise is an innovative combo of colors that are both ‘hot’ and ‘cool’: buttery yellow, deep orange, and deep purple.

My Maiden Grass’ soft, beautiful seed heads look so pretty blowing in the breeze.

I recently learned that it is considered an invasive species because it spreads like crazy if you have more than one in an area. So I won’t be buying a second one.

In the future I am only going to buy native grasses, which I love.

The squirrels have been munching on the dried corn I hang for them in a tree.

And the birds, especially the woodpeckers, love suet. I hung these feeders up on a hook where a plant and hummingbird feeder were hanging earlier in the year.

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