Saturday, November 12, 2011

Garden Cleanup

Since the Halloween snow and a hard frost most of the garden is looking sad. I’ve been working steadily on cleanup. I think I’m doing better this year than usual. I want to make sure I don’t have a lot of cleanup to do in spring when it’s time for mulch.
Canna tubers (above) have been dug up and stored.
Autumn Joy blooms have been cut back. I usually leave the seed heads for the birds but the snow smashed them to the ground. Iris and hibiscus have been cut in the background.
Most of the mums are cut.

The annuals are gone.

The pile awaits delivery to the city’s compost site.

More to do before the garden is ready for fall compost but I’ve got a good start.


Violet Uliana said...

Marie: That's just what I was going to ask you; "Should I cut
back my Sheffield Pink?" Thanks.
It's very tall--I guess I should
have pruned it in early summer.

Marie said...

Since the weather has been warm, it's a little early to cut the Sheffield Pinks. They are still green and photosynthesizing and cutting now will promote growth that will be burned back in the winter. I just had to do it when I have time. I plan to cover them witn a light layer of compost. Sometimes I lay the cuttings on top of the plant for the winter.