Garden Photo of the Day

Connie’s meadow garden in Minnesota, revisited

Photo: Courtesy of Connie Ortberg

We visited Connie Ortberg’s garden in Carver, Minnesota, exactly five months ago today (refresh your memory HERE). Check out what’s going on in her garden this fall!

Photo: Courtesy of Connie Ortberg

Connie says, “Despite the long, hot, dry summer here in Minnesota, the meadow seemed to rebound this fall. We had our first hard frost last Saturday and well…that was “The Last Hurrah.” Now onto daffodil and allium planting. I’m looking forward to cooler temps, walks on fallen leaves, campfires, apple cider, and all things cozy.”

Photo: Courtesy of Connie Ortberg

Me, too, Connie. I love fall… and I loved your gardens last hurrah!


Photo: Courtesy of Connie Ortberg

****** Call-out for TIPS! (Again) ******

Hey everyone, put your thinking caps on–we’re in the midst of collecting gardening tips for the May/June 2013 issue (Crazy, I know…it’s not even winter yet!). Got any time saving tricks, quick hints, or helpful suggestions you’d like to share? They should be relevant to spring and early summer (for example, no fall leaf-raking tips). Accompanying photos are welcomed but not at all necessary. Send them to me at [email protected], and if we decide to publish yours we’ll send you $25. Thanks!

Photo: Courtesy of Connie Ortberg
Photo: Courtesy of Connie Ortberg
Photo: Courtesy of Connie Ortberg
Photo: Courtesy of Connie Ortberg
Photo: Courtesy of Connie Ortberg
Photo: Courtesy of Connie Ortberg
Photo: Courtesy of Connie Ortberg
Photo: Courtesy of Connie Ortberg

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    meander_michaele 10/04/2012

    Now, GPOD friends, don't jump all over me but I'm going to confess that I have never grown a sunflower...seeing Connie's super fun picture, I need to correct that! What a kick that must be to see that stalk growing taller and taller and then have that glorious flower start to unfold. I really enjoy the energy and exuberance of your garden, Connie.

  2. GardenerGM 10/04/2012

    Very pretty! I especially love the closeup of the sunflower.

  3. tractor1 10/04/2012

    I grow some mamouth sunflowers each year. Naturally I need to plant them behind a fence or the deer will eat them. In fact when I plant the seeds I need to place a chicken wire cage (quonset hut style) over the row or the birds will yank them out of the ground, crows love sunflower sprouts. I need to use the cage with several types of seeds; melon, winter squash, pumpkin, any of the larger seeds that people eat too. Once the seed heads have ripened I place them out for the birds, bluejays are the masters of sunflower seed eating. I've grown sunflowers with seed heads as large as trash can covers, a couple of bluejays can eat one clean within a few hours. The birds that would eat sunflower seeds can't get to them while they are still growing, the heads hang seed side down and with the sepals acting as a fence.

  4. annek 10/04/2012

    I assume that's you, Connie, next to that outstanding sunflower! What a great photograph, with the sun and building in the background and flowers reaching up to your waist. The perfect fall photo.

    What burgundy plant is that in the second picture in the second row? Amaranth? Fall colors are the best!!

  5. pattyspencer 10/04/2012

    I haven't had good luck with sunflowers over the past couple of years. Maybe because I tend to plant them where they don't get that much rain (and I'm terrible at remembering to water). After looking at your super tall one I think I will try again next season.

  6. cwheat000 10/04/2012

    I like the relaxed ,carefree abundance of your garden. If pictures speak a thousand words, I bet you are very much like your garden, easygoing and fun. Cool pumpkin ,too.

  7. cwheat000 10/04/2012

    Tractor1- I just looked at yesterday's comments again. That soup sounds great. You must have been speaking to me at the supermarket yesterday, because I came so close to buying barley for making a soup like that. I put the barley back because a small package was 3.99. But, I will find some more reasonably priced and make that recipe on my next supermarket trip. Thanks again.

  8. tractor1 10/05/2012

    cwheat000: I think I paid like $1.39 for a pound of barley. I keep my pantry filled with barley and all kinds of dried beans and such, I never know when the mood will strike me to cook a big pot of something. I don't know how to cook small amounts, I still cook like it's for the crew, I can cook for four hundred easier than for four.

    It rained all day but at about 5 PM the sun peeked out and I got a shot of my Kentucky coffee tree all golden, in the foreground is one of my gingkos that will soon be a lurid yellow.

  9. Joan_A 10/05/2012

    I was there, and it was even AFTER the frost, so it was minus all the brilliant colors - but still VERY impressive a place!!

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