Divide and Conquer

“Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas.” ~ Elizabeth Murray

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The garden looks especially beautiful and welcoming in the fall light.

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Though the blooms are fewer, their rich colors pop against a canvas of turning leaves and warm brown grasses.

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Ina’s asters have finally arrived, draped over the fence like a bee’s blanket of purple.

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Maria, has of course, dressed the garden for fall.

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Her holiday displays may not bespeak a memorial garden, but they certainly make a beautiful backdrop for our posing dogs. This is Ella.

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Princess and Duke – all new arrivals.

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With Maria and Ina both on hand, it was a perfect time to tackle the iris bed.

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Peggy and Steve had a good start, but work has called them away. With three of us on scene, we decided to finish the lifting and dividing. From the size of the bulb clumps, it was pretty clear they had been left for years – a first, forgotten effort in the garden.

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While Ina and Maria divided, I dug trenches and raised berms in a semi-circle.

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We have decided to plant the sunflowers in the center next summer as the Willow Tree has taken their sun. During the other months we will fill with annuals to keep color in the garden year round.

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It’s pretty amazing what the three of us can get done in a day when we put our minds (and backs) to it. We went home dirty, tired, but satisfied.

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“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” ~ Emile Zola