Not that I want it to snow, but the weather has taken a turn, reminding us that winter is on the way.
Over the weekend (before the first snow!), I finished getting the garden ready to hibernate. It takes longer every year…why do I plant so many more boxwood hedges every spring? (There are already plans for more boxwood hedges next spring). It seemed like, and felt like, I was rolling out a mile of burlap! I have mixed emotions…I’m happy everything is in order, but the reality is the garden season is over.
This year, I have a new plan. I ordered small hoops to go over the hedges and then covered them with burlap. In the last couple of years, I’ve noticed damage on the boxwood if the burlap was wrapped too tightly around the plants, especially on the corners. It doesn’t look as tidy as the old method, but I hope for better spring results.
The roses have been cut back, circled with rose collars and filled with shredded leaves.
I’m not excited to see the water bill this month, as I had the sprinklers going all last week. No two winters are the same, and it gets harder to predict what to expect with climate change. Will we have lots of snow, or will it be dry? All we can do is hope for the best.
Is your garden ready for a well-deserved rest?