Still I was ruthless and as soon as the temperature was in the 50's , I grabbed the Felcos, garden gloves and a huge wheelbarrow and set about chopping it all down.
DH was also outside getting a ton of work done--painting basement window trim, cutting grass, removing the arbor planters, etc . He raked up apples and hauled them to the compost area (which never really turns to compost because there is little sunlight).
like Barb at Barb and Dell Designs, have a very pretty Obedient plant--nice fat flowers. I don't. The flowers on mine are skinny, whimpy things, so they must go.
I also cut down the dead dahlias on the deck and rearranged this area. The cannas have big fat buds and I just could not cut them down yet. It is supposed to be warmer this week, so I think they will have time to open into beautiful flowers. I really can't believe they are still looking pretty good after 4 nights of mid to low 30-degree weather.
One of my side gardens is just now coming into its best bloom with a double perennial false sunflower that I call "Annette's flower" because my SIL, Annette gave them to me. When happy, this flower forms a 4-ft. tall thick hedge. I used to have it planted in this garden, then got bored and moved it to other gardens. It never did well in the other gardens (needs a lot of sun), so last year I moved it back here and it is really starting to take off again. You are getting the view from up on the deck because after all that cutting down work, I am too tired to walk down the steps. :)
It could not match better if I had planned it! Sometimes things just work out....
Here is a close up of the flower when it was planted in one of my other gardens.
I am so glad I did not poke holes in the washtub I bought at the farmer's market in August. It was perfect to fill with water and bleach to disinfect the arbor wall planters that DH removed while I was cutting down plants.
I save the coconut fiber inserts to use year after year.
I am feeling good tonight because last year I did not get any of this area cut down, so I am way ahead already this year! I think it's time to sit on the front porch with a glass of good white wine and admire the big coleus planter before it's gone.
I can't believe this Sedona coleus is still looking this good after that cold weather. Coleus is usually the first to turn black at the slightest bit of freezing temperatures. I have not even covered it. I guess being so close to the house has protected all of my containers in the front. I was thinking of buying a big orange mum (like Eileen did here) and redoing this planter. I have since decided not to bother, but Eileen did inspire me to stick a pumpkin face in, just for something different to look at.
This post is already too long, so I can't even tell you about the wonderful food I cooked or the 3 new shrubs I bought and planted. I will save that for another post. Suffice it to say that although I may be almost dead from exhaustion, I have had a very, very, very productive weekend!