This week has brought the first inkling that autumn may be just around the corner. First, we had some much-needed rain. Afterward, the humidity has been noticeably less and the early morning air has had a certain freshness that wasn't present before. Moreover, the maximum/minimum thermometer on the back porch has shown a couple of nights where the temperature actually dipped down to 69 degrees, the first time it has gone under 70 since spring. Around the yard, the trees have begun to tentatively shed their leaves. Yes, I think that autumn may really be on its way and it can't come a moment too soon for me and my garden.
As we head into autumn, I'm looking around the garden to see where I need to be concentrating my energies this fall and winter. Already I've identified two large shrubs that I need to move. As I've whined about here many times in the past, it seems that my life as a gardener has been marked by bad initial decisions in placing my plants. I almost always get it wrong the first time.
This time it is the almond verbena and the 'Montrose Purple' vitex that are much too big for the spaces they occupy. So I need to relocate them to areas where they have more room to expand. It's the same old story that I reenact year after year. I seem to never learn from my mistakes, but I live in hope that eventually I will.
I hope you've learned from all your mistakes and that everything in your garden is perfect this week!