Putting the Garden to Bed for the Winter
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Peter and i spent several hours this afternoon cleaning up the garden and yard for the winter. While he was putting away the furniture, solar lights, decorations and cutting the grass for the last time, I took down the hanging baskets, emptied the containers and planted another 50 daffodil bulbs in the corner bed that I enlarged this year.
Since I came in, I've been making notes for next year... which new annuals worked out well and which ones I won't buy again. What I want to put in the hanging baskets next year. The tried-and-true annuals don't have to go on a list because they're the ones I "can't do without".
This is always a bittersweet time. I love my garden, and some of my happiest hours are spent digging, planting, dead-heading and weeding. Yes, I even enjoy weeding,because everything looks so nice when I'm finished.
I need one more day to finish up in the yard. We've had a fairly heavy frost, and I will cut back the hosta because I hate the slimy old leaves in the spring. I will pruning the dogwood and potentilla right back so that they start fresh next spring. From what I've read, both these shrubs do best on new growth. Peter hasn't fertilized the lawn yet; if he doesn't do it tomorrow, I will, because last year it didn't get done, and he's still working on the cars and bikes.
After that, I guess I need to start catching up on some inside jobs. Not fun. Like my mother, I would much rather work outside.
Thanks for reading,