I recently made a presentation on “Putting the Garden to Bed” in which I told the audience that I basically do nothing when I clean up the garden for the winter. But, it took me over an hour to tell them that and the presentation was just an overview of what I do. As a rule I leave pretty much everything to either compost away naturally or feed the birds with the seed-heads left on the plants. Diseased debris is another issue. This weekend my husband and I cleaned up the pond, took the pump out and put the bubbler in for the winter. We noticed that we went from 4 fish to approximately 20 that I counted in it today. I don’t know where the frogs went but if they are at the bottom I hope they survive to entertain us again next year.
I took the camera out to capture anything that fit the mood of the day. I found a seed head of an Echinacea or Coneflower with backlighting, the plumes of Solidago or Goldenrod looking quite ghostly, an annual snapdragon that is valiantly fighting to stay alive in the cool nights, a little garden gnome I painted many years ago and the containers that held the fall Chrysanthemums. I need to get back out there and finish raking the leaves up to add to the flowerbeds. I am joining Mary for Mosaic Monday. I hope to see you there too. Have a great week. Valerie