|Prairie smoke, always seems to bloom just a tad before|
I get the leaves rakes from the Long Border.
I scraped and painted the side of my house where the Annabelle hydrangea quickly grow, hiding the peeling paint and making it nearly impossible to paint house without getting a fair share of pinkness on hydrangea as well. I went on to untie the climbing rose and alpina clematis from the porch railing and scrape and paint that, too.
I touched up the sour apple green paint on a trellis where a climbing William Baffin will make the job tedious at best in the near future.
My yard is not yet raked and neither are the garden beds, but I am not panicked. Spending time on these chores ahead of the other just makes sense to me. It is more efficient than attempting them later. I also think it seems much more efficient, too,