The Fruit cake was the first sign of winter, and then I turned to putting my garden to bed. I have a perennial garden. There are those who like to leave it all for nature and clean in the spring and then there are those, like me, who want to clean it up now.
I have extra reasons for my thorough cleanup...I'm at war with a rabbit. Two winters past the rabbits moved into my back yard and did a lot of damage.
Second summer of healing, but it will take 2 more growing seasons to close this wound.
I filled in and blocked a few gaps in the fence where he might enter from the neighbours and removed as much cover as I could with out damaging the shrubs. Both these plants do well with heavy pruning, but I'm usually to busy to do it right.
So here are some shots for what I did. Each has a midsummer view and a view before I started and the portion of the garden as of now.
I'm not finished, but my energy gave out. I'll wait for another "nice" day to finish up.
Mid summer with echinecea and day lilies
Filbert in is autumn colour and Aconite with a shot of Blue
Most of the perennials have died back
Roses cut to the ground cotoneaster sheered down
Then next 3 repeat the process. This is the central part of the garden
And the far corner where Le Lapin prefers to catch the afternoon rays.
So right now I will put my feet up with nice cup of Coffee and rest!! Tomorrow is soon enough to sew.