|Birch 'Crimson Frost'|
I mowed sugar maple leaves and they literally disappeared uncovering the deep lush green lawn beneath. I mowed my perennial bed, cutting in and around shrubs. I mowed the strawberry bed. I mowed the daylilies that have much too much evergreen daylily in their genetic make-up. I mowed the hosta bed under the huge white pine which is nearly done dropping its golden needles, at least for now.
I dug out the treacherously thorny blackberry with a root ball of the dimensions of my forearm. I doubt I "got it all". It is like a cancer invading the kinder, gentler raspberries.
I removed stems and stalks. Leaves continue to fall. I see the structural bones of my garden formed by plants. I debate removing the Lapin cherry which has provided little fruit so far and which has a trunk oozing its life blood.
I trimmed my front privet hedge, just the stray late growth, with its leaves dropping as I merely brush against it.
It seems I am doing my spring work and late winter pruning in one pass. I saw the first Christmas lights go up in the village. I find it hard to resolve that with the greenness of my lawn. Lawn mowers are the most frequent background noise these short days of early winter.
|European larch 'Varied Direction'|
|Birch leaf on some potted sedums, pine needles extra...|
I think less than 16 weeks until spring, in a place where winter can hang on seven months regardless of what the calendar says. A place where in the last 14 years I have recorded the ground freezing solid every year but one between Thanksgiving and the first of December.
|The neighbor across the street is still bringing it, note the beautiful mum blooming behind the calamagrostis. |
The yellow leaves of the rugosa roses out front are nice, too.
|Typical view of my garden in November-- through a window.|
|Mowed lawn and border beds|
|I'd like to prune the smokebush, but the leaves do not act like they intend to fall anytime soon.|
If there is a possibility there still performing photosynthesis and storing sugars in the roots,
I'll pass on pruning this for a while.
I think I saw a mosquito.