Cleaning up garden for winter..

Here we go again, It was such a beautiful day I hated to do it. But waiting til it gets real cold on these old bones,not good, hubs and I got to it yesterday, 1 Nov! It is quite warm here actually for this time of the year. Cutting off the hosta leaves didn't hurt so much, but the Dusty Miller and Snap dragons...yikes! OUCH! They were still blooming! I left that red flowered thing because I just couldnt bear to get rid of them too.I poured some mulch on top of the hostas, I hope that was ok???? Have never done this before, but we had it.I was going to replant some of them but KMS Woodworks sent me to a site that said wait I will. I took some of the Dusty Miller clippings and put it on the porch, hubs didnt realize it was going in my flower vase in the kitchen, I turned around and it was gone too. What was he thinking, 2 barrels of garden greenery ok, but a few sprigs of DM on the PORCH...huh? Oh well. Hope everyone gets their yard work done for the winter before it gets too cold..have fun! OOHH I had to take my face family out too ..they were starting to get weathered and I put them in a safe place for the winter! and I had to cut chicken hands-hands off too!
cleaning up garden for winter, flowers, gardening
cleaning up garden for winter, flowers, gardening
cleaning up garden for winter, flowers, gardening
cleaning up garden for winter, flowers, gardening
cleaning up garden for winter, flowers, gardening
cleaning up garden for winter, flowers, gardening
cleaning up garden for winter, flowers, gardening
cleaning up garden for winter, flowers, gardening
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  • Dee W Dee W on Nov 02, 2012
    Sounds like a busy day. Hoping my weekend will warm up a bit since the yard is drying out from all the rain. I still have plenty of leaves to get to.

  • Ellen H Ellen H on Nov 02, 2012
    I love your little face family, Bernice.

  • Sherrie S Sherrie S on Nov 02, 2012
    @Bernice H when I lived up north I gave up on planting things. You do a beautiful job working with those winter limitations. I gave up, you make it work. Good for you.

  • Donna R Donna R on Nov 02, 2012
    Doesn't it feel good to know you have your flowerbeds ready for the winter? You have some pretty plants and I love all those leaves that are falling from the tree. Pretty colors.

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) on Nov 02, 2012
    Bernice did you pull your snaps out or cut them back? They maybe hardy even in your area, check out this article

  • Bernice H Bernice H on Nov 02, 2012
    Hi @360 Sod (Donna Dixson) Actually I cut them back. Last year I did not, but had lots of volunteers come up. We shall see. I f not I can always buy more or seed some. There are lots of seeds on the ground from them and oodles of seeds from the Alyssum. Alyssum is so cool! It just keeps on reseeding and spreading all summer long! PS Just REad the article..thanks. Maybe I shouldnt have been so hasty, but we will get very cold icy winds sooner or later and some snow too.

  • 3po3 3po3 on Nov 02, 2012
    Wow. Bernice, I remember what your garden looked like in the spring. I had to go look back on your profile page and make sure I was thinking of the same space. This looks great. You should be very proud.

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Nov 03, 2012
    You've done a great job of getting your beds ready for winter, Bernice.

  • Bernice H Bernice H on Nov 03, 2012
    @DO @Douglas Hunt @ @KMS Woodworks Thanks guys...poor things..they are pretty much on their own. I always have good intentions of feeding mulching, etc, and dont do it. All that bending is a bummer. I still really want some sort of raised garden. I don't think hubs is up to it anymore, he was hurting the other night too. A BUS driver doing yard that is hard! He did all the bending , digging, cutting. I did what I could. But it was a glorious day! Perfect weather! So that was a good thing. All the ceramic pots , even those with hostas are in the shed for the winter. They had gotten a good rain, I will just have to check on them in March , last year they started sprouting and were growing in the dark! cool! Will have to watch for the "pips' too, and move some then. Isnt that weird, who names these things? Oh, hubs was supposed to get a few feet of sod Tuesday for the space we pulled out the arborvitae...and didnt . Neighbors cat thinks this is his litter box. I told n , just throw some grass seed down, some straw and see what happens!! Nope! Thanks again for the encouragement! If we ever retire in will be cactus!

  • Somewhat Quirky Somewhat Quirky on Nov 04, 2012
    Oh I'm so happy for you. This is a chore that I detest. I love spring cleaning, but the chill of late fall makes it so tempting to stay inside instead of getting that cleaning up done! We had some Sandy related winds and storms last week and now I have some unavoidable cleaning to do. Wish I had been on the ball like you.

  • Bernice H Bernice H on Nov 04, 2012
    @Somewhat Quirky wow! Well if you had cleaned everything up, then the winds and more cleaning , that would have been a double whammy. @Sherrie S I am sure you have your own challenges even tho you live in Florida.. like robber herons, @Dee W @Ellen H @Donna R leaves dont stop even tho we have cleaned up our garden, we have a carpet of gold Crabapple leaves now! Oh well. It could be worse, it could be mud and more!

  • Sharron W Sharron W on Nov 04, 2012
    @Bernice H I thought of you and your toils to get the beds ready for winter today... LOL as I wandered and looked at my pitiful leaf covered beds...I need a nicer day that someone doesn't have plans for me so I can do Some work out there for sure...but I have always allowed the beds to stay covered in old growth and leaves and do my cleanup in the seems to help some of my plants stay warmer during the winter although if I have my "newspaper mulch" I'll clean them up and put that down...of course the peonies don't like to be buried too deep so I have to keep the mulch away from them and I do have a few in every bed, I so love them... Congratulations on getting yours done, I'm falling behind and have to get busy...

  • Bernice H Bernice H on Nov 05, 2012
    @Sharron W I am sure you will get to them, or maybe old man winter will sneak in before you get to them . Either way I am sure they will be ok. I just hate cleaning up mushy plants in the spring! So if I can get hubs out there on a beautiful day to do the dirty work ahead of time..that is a good thing. Now, when Spring comes and I tell him we need to do it again..hahahaha he will not be a happy camper! Do your leaves get moldy? Evidently not, or you wouldn't do it.

  • Sharron W Sharron W on Nov 05, 2012
    Actually Bernice they probably do, but it never seems to have hurt any of my plants...all the azalyas, peonies, crepe myrtles and dogwood don't seem at all affected by it as I've never had a biggest problem is the carpenter ants and voles eating the plant roots...

  • Bernice H Bernice H on Nov 05, 2012
    Sheesh..@Sharron W do you know what I just did? I wrote a big B on my finger so I won't continue to forget to buy some BULBS!!! Good gravy what a leaky vessel I am! Beginning to need to write on my hand what I need because I forget what ever I am doing as soon as I leave my desk. I forget to take the little notes, (2 of them) I have written "bulbs" on, so now I write on my hand? my hand!!!!! aacckkk!

  • Sharron W Sharron W on Nov 05, 2012
    Oh Bernice I have to be quiet cause my laughing is disturbing hubby....that's the funniest thing I've read in a while!!!! you got me good with that one....

  • Bernice H Bernice H on Nov 05, 2012
    @Sharron W well I will let you know how it works! (snicker)

  • Bernice H Bernice H on Nov 07, 2012
    @Sharron W well... how did the writing on my finger work? haha I liked it so much I also wrote c s p...and then I forgot what c was for. So it didn't do much good for the c until I went in my bathroom and realized it was for clock! I will try it again . I guess it did work for the other things. I did buy bulbs, and we planted them . 10 hyacinth and 8 tulips. Have never planted bulbs before.