Chicago gardeners, late summer endures as the special time when your efforts in your Chicago garden paradise bloom in lush profusion. Mounds of New Zealand impatiens and begonias grace your landscape. Hibiscus and cleome blossom in bright sunlight. It’s the perfect time to take photos for your Chicago Garden Notebook. You might even email these photos to friends and family or post them online.
Your mounds of beautiful flowers might need assistance maintaining their beauty to the end of the season. Are they looking a little leggy now? Their appearance can be maintained by removing withered, brown stems close to the ground. You can also carefully cut back only the longest stems, likewise close to the ground.
It’s a good idea to deadhead spent blossoms to encourage your flowers to bloom profusely. If you wish to collect seeds for the next growing season, leave spent flowers on the plant where they can’t be seen. Choose your most perfect flowers and dry them now so you can enjoy them all winter.
Fall cleanup can be exhausting. Beginning fall chores now can make the job easier later. Start removing debris like broken branches from your garden. Trim grass and clean around fences. Continue to remove weeds and dead plants as they occur.
Your Chicago Garden Notebook may need updating. Data concerning the 2013 growing season can be recorded. Information about successful plants, unsuccessful ones, winning methods and ineffective approaches may be recorded and explained.
Late summer is the special time when you want to keep your garden spectacular for as long as possible. You may also want to get a head start on fall cleanup. You’ll probably also want to begin recording data in your Chicago Garden Notebook.
Live long and well—garden.
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