Now that Mother Nature has killed off all of the tender plants, it is really time to get cleaning in the garden.
The celosia still have some color, but the leaves and stems are dead. We pulled them up right after I took this picture. It looks completely different! Although, we got it done before the trick-or-treaters came by, so they didn't trample everything.
Some things I will actually leave alone.
Miss Kim. She is still hanging in there... although she is losing her leaves.
I leave Miss Kim alone in the fall since I want to see her lilacs in the spring. I leave the hydrangeas alone for some winter interest and a place for the birds to sit on while there is snow on the ground.
The dogwood is really showing its colors right now. It looks sharp.
The freeze killed off the annuals in this pot, so we pulled them out, emptied the dirt and Dwayne rinsed the pots out.
They are drying out and will be stored for the winter.
There are still a few annuals that are clinging to life….
Yes, the grass is supposed to look like that. I am glad there is still a little color left in the pot.
Some things I will leave for the spring.
None of these leaves are from our yard (although maybe a few of the front ash tree's leaves whipped around the house). I will leave them here, though, until spring. They will serve as a layer of protection from the cold. And it is always nice to pull the leaves away and see the bleeding hearts popping up.
And then there are the things that I still need to do….
The butterfly bush made it through the freeze, but I will eventually have to cut it back so that I can mulch it.
The snow did a great job of insulating the butterfly bush last year, but I think I will try some straw this year. I have to put some down on my roses and cover my garlic, anyway.
Garlic in with my roses.
The freeze deflated the garlic, but I'm not digging them up until next year, anyway....
Garlic is planted closest to the camera with turnips still hanging on farther away. There are a couple of beets that managed to hide from the rabbits, too.
And, of course, there is the cleaning of the tools to consider. I’ll save that for another blog post.
I found a fall gardening checklist online at The Iowa Gardener. Click here to access it. You can follow all, some, or none of the items, but it is there if you want it.
Have fun cleaning up!