Almost all the leaves are down from the trees, with the exception of one large maple. I’ll wait a little while and then call my garden guy who will climb on the roof and blow out the gutters. Then he’ll blow the worst of the downed leaves out from the garden beds. I don’t mind some as a winter blanket of insulation.
The leaves have fallen from the ninebark by the lattice, from the crepe myrtles and all the red twig dogwoods. The solidago provides some color as does the yucca in the foreground. I almost took it out in the summer but now am glad I didn’t. The Asian honeysuckle in the background has berries but they are not good food for birds.
2. After cutting back some of the New England asters we can now see the garden sculpture I made from wine barrel hoops. I need to learn how to weld!
3. A New England aster that hasn’t gotten the “winter is here” memo.
4. Tall grasses add texture to the garden at this time of year.
5. A maple near the deck can be seen from inside the house. It suddenly lit up last week.
6. Inside a boxwood topiary made with my friend Carol Meholic’s help, graces my kitchen. I run water over it daily to keep the Oasis moist.
We’ve had some dry days. More rain predicted for this weekend so yesterday I got out to do some garden chores — cutting back the grasses and red twig dogwood. I managed to get the grass debris into bags with the husband’s help on Friday, but the dogwood cuttings are waiting to be picked up.
The camellia is in bloom. The blossoms don’t last long, but by the time the show is over, other things are in bloom. I try to keep this one from getting too big. Anyone have suggestions for trimming camellias?
2. The daffodils are open. Still lots of cleaning up to do in the beds but there is something to enjoy while I’m on my knees. I don’t know where the bulbs of the daffodils on the right came from but the clumps increase quickly and I now have them many places in the yard.
3. Clematis are leafing out and I think I see a bud on the Montana clematis on the right. The one on the left is Jackmani. I took a slip from one my father planted when I married and have brought it with me to every house (and husband) since.
4. Garden clean-up has begun. The ground has dried out enough that I was able to get the red twig dogwoods cut back. The bed still looks a mess because I haven’t raked it. Dead leaves sat in water all winter in that area. I’ll root some of the cuttings and plant more in this area. I was late getting the grasses but back but couldn’t get into the beds before now.
5. I need to plant new hyacinth bulbs next fall. The ones I have no longer produce many flowers, but they are a welcome surprise in the garden this time of year.
6. I need suggestions about how to care for these yuccas. I see the one in the front could be divided. All I’ve done with the others is try to get out the dead leaves that are on the bottom. They all bloom. Thus far they have been afforded benign neglect.