I took a couple of hours off the past couple of weeks to relax and get my Fall beds planted. It took me 5 days to complete everything as I didn't try to do it all in one day this year. I'm one of those A personalities that like to get things done and get them done now. Last year, I didn't feel mch accomplishment once they were all planted and then the next day, all I could do was look at them.
This year, my strategy was to plant sections at a time. I have my main front tree that is Pink and White. White for the Pansies and Pink for the Dianthus. I had really good luck with Dianthus this past year, that the ones I planted last year and still thriving in another bed. I figured, as these grow, they'll be a great accent around the tree for my Spring planting as well. I also surrounded the trunk with kale.
The next section is did was my Purple section. Purple Cabage, Purple Kale, and Purple Mini-Pansies. The problem with this section is that I was supposed to have 4 Kale and 4 Cabbages, but as they've grown, I can distincly tell that I got 6 cabbages and only 2 kale so my bed is off balance. They looked the same when they were tiny so I trusted the guy at the store to have handed me the correct items... oh well.
My third section is at the front of the house. It's Yellow and White Pansies with more Cabbage and Kale. This section was planted last, so there aren't many blooms right now, but we had a nice rain yesterday so I expect them to take off well! This is a long section, so I just took a picture of the right side.
I still have one more section at the front of the house... I'm thinking about what to do there. I've actually been waiting for more houses in the neighborhood plant their Fall beds so I can "borrow" some of their ideas. I can definitely say that spreading the planting out has been much more enjoyable. I'll post again as everything matures!