GBBD September 2011
It’s been a while since I really looked at my garden. Not just a quick glance, or a “hmm, looks ok” – but a close look at what works, what doesn’t, and what I need to do to keep it healthy and beautiful.
Thankfully, there are no real disease or pest problems. I garden organically, with no pesticides of any kind (not even “organic pesticides” – I figure that if I’m killing insects with some sort of chemical, no matter how it’s derived, then I’m probably doing more harm than good). The end result is a garden with a few notched leaves here and there, the odd aphid infestation, and an occasional ratty-looking flower. But, more often than not, the notched leaves are from leaf-cutter bees making nests, the aphids bring in bright red ladybugs, and the torn flowers look beautiful in a bouquet of mixed blooms. So I continue to let Mother Nature have her way.
As for design – that’s another story. Parts of the garden are beautiful, parts are so-so, and other parts are in desperate need of a design intervention. But those aren’t the parts I’ll show you today! Instead, here are a few of the plant combinations that are looking good this September.