The basket has been sitting on my dining room table for a while as I collected packets of seeds and bulbs for planting this fall.
Among the bulbs I have Ipheion, Narcissus 'Rip van Winkle', Several packet of species tulips, 'Lilac wonder' 'Tinka', 'Van Tubergans Variety', Anemones, Narcissus, Erlicheer, pink Rain lilies, Packets of seeds of Nigella, Alyssum, flax, Indian paintbrush, blue curls. I already planted the bluebonnets.
I have also been collecting seeds from summer annuals.
It's a little too early to put the bulbs in yet, maybe after Thanksgiving, but now that we have had rain I think I can start planting some seeds. Before I do that I need to deal with two problems.
The enemy of seedlings. The decollate snail. If I thought I had stemmed the tide last year I was sorely wrong. They are back in force again this fall.
Snail gathering has been a priority this week with all the rain and I have gathered hundreds. I avoid using snail poisons so I hand pick and use decoy bait. Perfect timing as the grapefruit harvest is in and we are eating grapefruit for breakfast every morning. Snails may do plenty of good out there but they also love the new seedlings of blackfoot daisies, violas, purple skullcaps, larkspur and bluebonnets not to mention vegetable seedlings. They can mow down a row of arugula overnight. I prefer them to eat the grapefruits and yesterday I discovered they love carrot peelings. It's the first job of the morning to go check the grapefruits and look underneath the blackfoot daisy plants. That's where they really like to hang out. But there are so many places to hide; underneath agaves, down among the rocks, along the edges of the raised beds in the vegetable garden deep in the cedar mulch.
Just as long as he doesn't shred the cushions for nesting material.
There will be may more enemies of the garden that will come to light as I clean up the leaves and debris of a growing season. There is much work to tidy up before our Texas winter. All in the name of next year's garden.