I snapped this from my bedroom window at 7:30 a.m.
The light was hitting just right and everything looked pretty even though it was only 32 degrees outside.
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.
I worked for an hour or so, took a little break, then went back to cutting. I probably worked three hours and got all of this down - 4 wheelbarrow loads.
The section above was almost all daylily foliage--the worst to cut back. As you can see, three hours barely made a dent in the total amount I have to do just in this garden. That is why I have to start early.
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).
Back in the rockwall garden this Obedient plant is blooming. You may remember that I have spent the past two years removing this plant from the Arbor gardens as it's very invasive. I will eventually get rid of this, too; I am way too tired to do it today. Some people, 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. :)
I think "Annette's Flower" may be Helianthus Multiflorus Flore Pleno. I just realized that at this time of year the blooms in my Deck Garden are almost exactly the same colors as the blooms in the Messy Neighbor Garden. I call it that because it borders their property--it may even be an inch or two on
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 will let these set out to dry completely and store them for the winter.
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!