In New England, what goes out in the spring must be returned in the fall. At least that is the routine if you want to enjoy those blooms again and use those items the following year and not have to repaint or repair them.
Besides furniture, the biggest return this year are tubers. So far, I have three large boxes all dug, cleaned, and stored. I have another box of cannas drying, and then I need to start on the dahlias. They have been providing nutrients for the bees so I’ve been postponing their dig.
There are always gardening debates about cleaning up yard debris in the fall or the spring. It gets pretty heated online. I’m a fall clean-up person for the simple reason that once the snow packs all the plant material down for several months, the cleanup in the spring is way too much for me.
So, I’ve started cutting back perennials by taking down all that are finished for the season. Plants that are still providing pollen, I leave until they are done. With as many beds as I have, it’s definitely not something that can be done in one day or even one week.
One of the volunteer projects I worked on last week involved six high school girls. I don’t normally garden with teens so it was interesting. I learned a lot. They definitely dress differently, are willing to work, ask good questions, cliques are alive and well, and their attention span is minute except when it involves their phone. We’ll be back at it this week to finish up the project. I applaud their efforts to learn about nature and where their food comes from, and the dedication involved in maintaining a public garden.
As I look at last week which involved a lot of hard work, none of it really matters. My perspective changed with a quick call from a friend whose loved one is dealing with a medical emergency. One minute my mind was focused on a long to-do-list, and the next all I could think about was praying for a successful recovery.
Life’s a journey with a lot of ups and downs. I hope your journey goes well this week.
Take care, stay well, and enjoy the moment like we did when we saw this rainbow.