Saturday, November 6, 2010

Fall clean up ~

(I just wanted to share this photo of a beautiful storm rolling in last week on my way home from work ~ nature surely is majestic at times! )
This time of year is always so bitter sweet.  The sweet is the beauty of the changing colors of the leaves and the cooler temps and the bitter is the blooming season coming to an end.  I don't really mind the extra yard work,  as far as the cutting back and dividing,  but there are the leaves, leaves, and more leaves.  I live in the woods and there is an endless supply of leaves.  I blow them, rake them, shred them and then I do it all over again, and again, and again.  I'd love to shred them up and spread them on my gardens, but then more leaves fall and I blow them off ~ along with the shredded ones.  So, I guess that will be an early spring project.  Today I pulled up all my annuals that the frost killed and cut back all the dead perennials.  There are still quite a few flowers blooming ~ so I left them alone for another week or so!  There was quite a bit of new growth earlier in the fall and I'm hoping that's a good sign for the spring.  I also planted 120 tulip bulbs today in various gardens.  I tried spraying the bulbs with Liquid Fence to deter any varmints from snacking on them.  I'll let you know if it works ~ especially if  I see some chubby chipmunks and squirrels running around and lots of empty holes.  Next weekend will be the dumping of the planters and flower pots ~ too many were still blooming to dump this weekend.  It's also time to clean up all the garden tools and lube the hinges of the sheers and clippers.  Get out there and enjoy what's left of this gardening season!

:)  Jeni

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