Sunday, September 27, 2009

Time For Those Undesirable Garden Jobs

This week I’m going to concentrate on one of the things I hate most about the fall season: the shutting down of the garden. Even though I don’t intend on removing the flowers under my kitchen window that are still going strong until the cold weather kicks in and knocks them out, I will be cleaning out the annuals growing in containers that are pretty much done.

Here’s a sad autumn look:

It’s hard to believe that these containers were filled with thriving petunias not too long ago.


I’m already counting the days until next spring.


  1. I know how you feel, only I don't have the motivation to try tidying, but it is a sad sight seeing the pots and bed full of dead flowers

  2. I can certainly relate to this, Martha. All those morning glory vines and flowers that were climbing so enchantingly all over my lattice and front porch railings just a month ago are now brown and dessicated, giving the front of our house a run-down and seedy (no pun intended) look. I'm dreading the task of ripping those away.

  3. I'm stuck in neutral with this rain Martha .. so waiting on a dry day, delays it a bit more ? LOL

  4. I'm actually relived for the break... as a first time gardener, I found this season challenging enough, and I NEED a good rest before starting again. :)

  5. Liz, I really don’t want to do this job but there’s not much choice. Everything needs to be put away for the winter or it will be damaged by the harsh cold. I can’t wait till next spring, which, right now, seems a million years away.

    Beth, how sad about the morning glory vines with all their pretty flowers. It’s unbelievable how one week you’re enjoying these plants in their full glory and the next they’re on their way to the big compost in the sky!

    This rain is nasty, Joy. I’m full of energy this week, ready to tackle the cleanup and now my hands are tied! I guess I’ll have to sit on my hands for awhile longer…or just go bulb or Halloween shopping! :)

    Tatiana, I’ll probably be saying the same thing next year. This season, the garden has been easy…well, aside from the manic cleanup. But after the cleanup, there was hardly any gardening to cater to, so it was a piece of cake. But next year? Total madness...:)

  6. It is a very sad time of year. I don't think any of us are looking forward to the long winter!
    We just have to start dreaming of spring and imagining all those wonderful tulips!


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