It sure feels like winter out there today! Clear morning that is quickly melting a heavy frost that was so sparkly & pretty when I first got up. Am very glad I got outside last week to do a few things in the gardens!
I've let them go to seed & while the birds have been feasting on seeds lately, I think I will have lots of new seedlings popping up all over the place next spring. The petals are a great addition to spring salads.
We covered the crown with the the leaves, which will protect them from the heavy frosts & any snow that we might get this winter (it's predicted to be a cold & snowy one on the coast!). In the spring, we'll remove what's left of the leaves & see our monster plants sprout new leaves & new flowers.
I have a few marigold plants that are still blooming despite the cooler temperatures. I wonder how long they will continue? I've also been tucking a few seed heads here & there into the bed & wonder if they will sprout once the weather warms up again. I have enough seeds saved to not have to buy any for a while - another one of my favourite flowers & the deer don't seem to appreciate them as much as I do!
I hope the leaves protect the plants still in the beds for the rest of the winter & provide some much needed nutrients before I add my compost next spring.
I have yet to identify this salad variety, but it's doing very well despite the cold weather & has a slight bitter flavour. I really should eat more of it but for some reason am going through a bit of an 'anti-salad' faze in my meal planning. I miss the spring greens....
This veggie bed looks so much better with a blanket of leaf mulch & will probably receive a few bucket-fulls of compost during the winter as my compost tumbler is full & needs to sit for a month or so before I empty it & start over again.
The pumpkin seems to enjoy it's new home & the jays will no doubt reduce it pretty quickly.