Life of Flowers

Meteorological Winter begins tomorrow, December 1st.  The leaves have completely fallen off the trees in my garden and I see a stark and barren landscape when I look out the windows.

Yet, before we know it, Spring will be here again.  Here’s a video to remind us.

Life of Flowers

Hat tip to Betty Jackson Truax

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This post was written by Jeff Minnich on November 30, 2011

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Music to My Eyes

Yep, my eyes.  Can you see the Sweet Music?  A magnificent Fall this year.

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Posted under The Fall Garden

This post was written by Jeff Minnich on November 17, 2011

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Finally: Indian Summer

I’ve always been taught that Indian Summer isn’t official until there has been a frost.  Technically, my garden has not seen a frost, but since so many others in the D.C. area have seen it, I’m going to go out on a limb and call it “Indian Summer” here in my garden.  And a glorious day it was, here in the beautiful Mid-Atlantic.  I spent the afternoon working on my own land.  Here is what I enjoyed:

Readers of garden magazines/books/blogs always see the nice, pretty garden pictures.  Well, in order to make them pretty, you gotta have some ugly, too.  Today, as I began winterizing my garden, I started cutting back perennials.  First on my list is Toadlily, always, since their seedpods are just about to pop open and spew millions of seeds from here to China.  If I don’t cut them now, I will be sorry next Spring–for weeks.  Here’s the cut-back Toadlily bed, just after I finished–some ugly:

As much as I hate, despise, detest Winter, I do love seeing my garden return to its Winter “bones”.  So much easier to assess what spots need attention, and the evergreens pop out of obscurity and come into their own.

Some people call a day in the garden a day of work.  Not me.  I call it a day of joy.

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Posted under Garden maintenance, The Fall Garden

This post was written by Jeff Minnich on November 6, 2011

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