Friday, October 28, 2011

Making a List

Since I am trying to be a serious gardener these days, I am making a list of things I should be doing this fall to prepare my garden for the winter. Here is my list so far:

  • Pull out annuals in the garden 
  • Empty pots 
  • Cut down peony foliage and destroy (wait till after first frost)
  • Cut down anemone foliage and destroy (after frost)
  • Cut back all nepeta and lambs ears
  • Cut phlox down to a few inches
  • Plant some new bulbs
  • Move succulents into garage
  • Edge garden beds one last time
  • Bring amaryllis, christmas cactus in
  • Clean and sharpen Felco pruners
  • Rake and mulch leaves
  • Take in gourd birdhouses
  • Bring in watering cans
  • Keep weeding
  • Weed some more

Felcos cleaned and oiled

I did make a big mistake yesterday and pruned some of my lacecap hydrangea, but I couldn't help it. It has grown so big we can hardly get through the gate anymore, so even though I knew I shouldn't be doing it now,  I cut off a lot of the bottom branches. Then I felt bad. I did resist cutting back any roses, they should definitely be left until fall. This stuff in the fall is mostly cleanup--the real work comes in the spring.

Gourd birdhouses need cleaning and a coat of shellac
A favorite birdhouse awaiting repair

1 comment:

  1. You are too organized, Patsi, how about a bit of messiness?