I have successfully got all my bulbs in the ground, including garlic and various flowers. I even planted some hyacinths and tulips in big pots for the first time. I hope it is a successful project. If not, I do buy some of those potted daffodils and hyacinths at the garden store in the spring and tuck them into my planters. After they are finished blooming, I usually remove them and plant them in the landscaping. I think the bulbs like to dry out a bit in the summer and the planters are probably too damp for them with all the season's watering. I planted all my garlic in one of the horse-trough planters where I can control the watering, selectively letting it dry out near harvest time. I'm hoping that can reduce the amount of rotten garlic heads.
There are still some plants blooming, including the annuals like pelargonium (geraniums to the North Americans) and my favourite tropical milkweed (hardy in zone 9 and above, but not here). Tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) is started from seed indoors in the spring and and starts blooming later than the perennial mildweed (Asclepias tuberosa) but then blooms till hard frost. I love it. As of yet, I haven't drawn clouds of butterflies to the yard, but they are supposed to like this flower.
|Asclepias curassavica (tropical milkweed) blooming in September|
|Caryopteris (Blue Mist Spirea) blooming in September|
|Echinacea "Cheyenne Spirit" in September|
|Coreopsis in September (still blooming in October), with purple Agastache behind|
|Delospermum (Ice plant) in October|
|Playhouse with developing landscaping, June 2016|
|Oreo, the guardian of the garden|
I took this picture of harvested wine grapes at our neighbour's place, before they got hauled away. So beautiful to see. Our own apples were harvested several weeks ago. We had an early apple harvest here in the Okanagan, as most of the crops were ahead of schedule.
|Summerland grapes, harvested October 14|