Sometimes your best plans for the day get derailed by events that are beyond your control. Like today, October 11, 2017. I had a truck full of great-looking pansies and ornamental kale but as I got closer to my sites it wasn't looking good. A freak hailstorm had deposited something like 2" of ice on the ground. Not exactly the best conditions for planting.
So all I could do was prepare the beds by pulling all summer annuals and cultivating. Slightly frustrated, it turned out to be a short day. Since I got home well-before school let out, I walked over to pick up my daughter from school and we enjoyed our walk in the sun.
I suspect landscaping in the age of Global Warming will be challenging. This past summer was hot and hazy from forest fires; now we get October hailstorms. I wonder what this winter will bring.
If you have any clean ups left to do in your gardens, I suggest you get to it while you can.
Vas Sladek, B.Sc., CLT
Red Seal Journeyman Landscape Horticulturist and ISA certified arborist