Welcome reader to my blog - a mixture of this and that. Now that we are living in a retirement community in downtown Columbia, MD my personal gardening activities are somewhat curtailed. I still enjoy visiting gardens, reading, watching wildlife on my walks, traveling, and occasional food commentary. Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. I read every one of them.

Friday, February 15, 2013

That Felt Good

Snow is predicted overnight but I couldn't stay in with the temperatures today reaching the 60ºs.  It was time to tackle the trimming of the grasses and some other high perennials around the pond.

Miscanthus - actually three clumps.  I need to transplant these this spring for sure and leave just one behind.

Joe Pye weed on right and butterfly bush on left needed trimming.

The process begins but kneeling and using just a hand clippers was too difficult.

Miscanthus done.

Another grass next to miscanthus.  Frequently overshadowed by it.

On to other plants.

Butterfly bush pruned.

Joe Pyed trimmed - was that easy.  Just snap off the stems.

More to be done another day.  Pond needs to be cleaned out but for now goldfish need a place to hide.  Iris need to be trimmed.

The pile of cuttings goes to the edge of the woods.  The birds will still have a place to hide out.

It took me four different tools until I settled on this one.

There is still more to do but it's a start of a long process that spring like weather for today tells me that I won't have to wait too long for spring to arrive.  After all the plants think its coming too.


Stewart M said...

There is something very therapeutic about pruning! I think it ranks along side raking up leaves and splitting and stacking wood!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

PS: I have fiddled with my blog template to make the images bigger - let me know if you think its an improvement!

HolleyGarden said...

Ah! New green growth and temps in the 60's! You're right! It won't be long now until spring! That miscanthus looks like it was a big job!

Stewart M said...

Me again - thanks for the comment - the first line of my front door post had a typo! No I did not build my house in 1915! I think I need to re-read my posts with a little more care.

Cheers - Stewart M

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