So how is it that every year winter sort of catches me by surprise? I have been dragging my feet a little bit on the garden clean up. All the containers are cleaned out and put away and I cut back almost all the perennials (unlike other years I decided to cut back almost everything in fall, even though it’s said to be better for your plants to let them stand, to lighten my work load in spring). But I haven’t been good about caging some of the trees and shrubs that I like to give a little more protection to (either from the deer or from the weather). For some reason I kept thinking, “Oh, I’ll just wait for a warmer weekend day for that.”
Seeing the snowflakes fly outside my office window on Monday was a good sign that my plan was flawed. But waking up Tuesday morning to snow still on the ground was proof.
Usually we get plenty of flurries that kind of make it look like you’re in a snow globe but nothing really sticks until very late November or early December. For the first snowfall to stick to the ground was a bit disconcerting.
When I left for work Tuesday morning, it was 23 degrees outside and this is what it looked like in my yard.
If you’re looking for some more information on how to put the garden to bed, lots of bloggers have written excellent posts about it. Heather at New House New Home offered her to-do list here, Margaret’s monthly garden chores list is always great, but her November list is especially good and here are some of my very own tips for winterizing the garden.
Looks like I’m going to need some gloves to finish up the last of the work in the garden. And I’m not talking about gardening gloves.