I wonder how we got to “compromise” in the fall garden so quickly?
I blame the unusual summery days of October when warmer than normal temperatures lulled me into believing there was a lot of time before winter. To keep that sun out of my eyes, I put my head in the proverbial sand and lazed about as though I had endless time to do fall clean up.
Now it is November, and the weather is decidedly seasonal. Cloudy, rainy and cold. Not one bit hospitable for a gardener who wants to savor the moment.
I’m watching all my plans for a slow, methodical, leisurely clean up of the garden get crunched into a fast, chaotic, hurried spit & shine sprint through the garden.
I have to be strategic about fall clean up now. And I’m going to have to make some compromises along the way, all the while wondering how did we get to compromise so quickly?
I won’t compromise on spring flowering bulbs, though, because I did plant most of the ones I bought, but if I was going to compromise, I might throw the bulbs in an old black plastic pot of potting soil and shove that in a cold spot, then bring it out in early spring to add some color in a few spots.
I won’t compromise on planting trees and shrubs because this is actually a good time to plant them around here. And they are on sale in many garden centers.
I won’t compromise on weed clean up because that’s just asking for trouble in the spring.
I’ll keep mowing and mulching leaves as weather permits, too, because I like doing that.
I’ll probably leave some perennials standing through the winter, but that’s actually supposed to be better for the insects that chose to overwinter in and on those stalks. I guess that’s a good compromise to make.
I’ll also cover and protect the patio furniture and garden ornaments that would crumble under the first snowfall. I don’t want to waste the good money I spent on those things.
Hmmm… looks like I’m not having to make as many compromises as I thought. Maybe I have more time than I realize?
Yes, plenty of time to do some garden clean up. It’s only early November, right?
Part of that waiting for me is the refusal to admit winter is coming until there is no doubt it is here. I have more succulents to move and need to make myself do it. If I compromise on that they will probably end up dead…
Alyse Lansing says
You are singing my tune! Good writing. Looking forward to reading more. (I'm a new-ish blogger and SLOWLY getting used to following feeds on my reader 😀 )
Compromises. Oy! (Thanks for the change of word, away from "procrastinate"!)
Perhaps what I compromise most on is planting; I end up overwinter too much in pots. But they usually survive, which is probably the reason I don't get to them…less of a "deadline." What I compromise LEAST on is getting leaves off the lawn, as they will destroy it. That is a "drop dead deadline," so I suppose that's why it gets done! And leaving leaves in the beds is good for the soil and plants, so just the lawn gets done (which also makes the chore less daunting). It's easy to mow the leaves IF YOU CATCH THEM EARLY ENOUGH. Another reason that it's an urgent deadline. It considerably SAVES time, by mowing and bagging the chopped-up leaves. Shoot, thanks for the question, as it's helping me clarify this one!
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Lisa at Greenbow says
This crazy weather has been coercing me to make compromises in the garden. Do I leave the canopy on the screen house to collapse under snow that could come any day or put it away even tho it is so warm. hmmm plants are testing the limits too.
Gingham Gardens says
Ugh, I’m in Minnesota and I was out last week getting the last of my 300 bulbs in as the snow was falling. Not fun! Still need to get some shrubs planted and leaves raked…
Flower Alley says
I feel your pain. It's been a fast transition from summer to fall in NC. Thankfully the first predicted freeze did not happen here. Still, it's been a fall frenzy to get everything done. No compromising.