Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Those freezes really toasted all the annuals and encouraged the last of the ash and first of the birch/hickory/sassafras leaves to fall.
It was too cold to work outside the end of last week, but by Monday the afternoons were sunny and decent.
So Monday (after 3 loads of laundry - I always let it go to the very last minute) I got out and mowed the front and side yards not so much to cut the grass, but the chop up the leaves as much as I could. They were a tad moist so I left them lay for a couple days. (pic 1)
On Tuesday I really went at the near beds (new veg, crab, 2 zins and the butterfly bush) and removed everything I could. I didn't have the heart to clip back the catmint, though. Its still blooming and filled with bees. (pic 2)
Then I cleaned the gutters and even applied a coat of TWP to the deck table. (oops, no pics)
Today (Wednesday) found me bagging up all the now dry leaves (14 bags) from the front/side yards and spread them around on the cleaned beds. (pic 5)
That took me way less time than anticipated so I headed back toward the golf course and cleaned out the 5 raised beds back there. *woof* Those things were just awful! I'd really let them go this summer. (pic 3)
Well, they're cleaned out now. There sure was a lot of debris between those back and the front beds. There are no perennials in that pile, just zins, and marigolds. Gosh there were a lot. (pic 4)
There are still the middle beds to do. Oh joy...
Anyway, I'm sorta caught up and ready for the next round of leaf drop. Might be tomorrow. There's a warm front (a little rain tonight) and then a big cold front tomorrow afternoon with high winds and even tornado potential.
I'm not liking that one bit. I hope it's more hype than happening.
Looks like the warnings cover a large area so I hope that you aren't one of the targets.
I'm whipped. These last 3 days of nice weather made me feel that I just HAD to spend every minute I could cleaning up outside. I was a real wreck Monday night, but *knock wood* I seem to have caught my 2nd wind. Too late. LOL I've decided to take tomorrow off and spend some time with Mom.
All work and no play makes Kris a kranky kid. Hope the storms pass you by.