It is already half over and I have made a good stab at the to do list. Mema and I will be enjoying the last part of the month in Las Vegas. We had planned on going there to attend a wedding but when Mema happened to mention the trip to another friend at work they gave us free room at their Condo which is just a block off the strip. So we decided we needed to extend our stay in "the city that never sleeps". As you can probably guess Menagerie Manor can never be left unattended so when we leave we hire a full time house sitter. We have been very fortunate finding this sitter, they love the animals and even take extra care with the greenhouse and I have never lost an orchid. I will list the jobs I have gotten done in the garden.
Iris: Divided Siberian and Japanese clumps.
Orchids: Spray for spider mite control.
Penstemon : Take cuttings
Raspberries : Removed the upper half of canes that produced this year.
Apples : Picked and stored the Liberty / Emla (Best apples for eating)
Amaryllis : Moved all bulbs into garden shed to harden them off, reduced watering and am waiting for foliage to wither so bulbs will go dormant.
Peonies : Time to transplant, use lots of compost and plant crowns 2 inches below surface
Perennials : End of the month good time to transplant before winter rains make soil too wet to work. Wait, I'll be in Vegas! It's a good thing I got that job done last year :o)