Saturday, October 26, 2013

Scenes From A Neglected Garden

I never clean my garden up in the fall
to get it ready for winter.
I leave it for spring.




Then in the spring, I'm mad at myself for
not cleaning up my garden before winter
and vow that I will clean it up in the fall this time.






It appears that I will once again be
mad at myself again come spring...

*shoulder shrug*


43 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

c'est la vie. :)

i like your gator. :)

Nancy said...

At least you can enjoy the pretty colors before the snow arrives for good....I like the gator too...

Grace said...

Just - wowie photos!

BeadedTail said...

LOL! Oh well, at least you know you'll be mad at yourself so you can't get mad for not knowing! :) Your photos are gorgeous though!

Katnip Lounge said...

Ah, screw it. Maybe you'll win a million bucks and you can PAY somebody to clean it for you! That's my little fantasy.

Our photos said...

You have made beautiful pictures of your garden.
Greetings, RW & SK

SquirrelQueen said...

Ha, sounds like the same viscous cycle I go through each year with my garden. Love your photos!

Linens and Royals said...

Out of sight, out of mind. Won't it very soon be covered by thick snow falls? XX

Terri Buster said...

Just think of it as a nice warm blanket over the soil!

Fuzzy Tales said...

I think the leaving everything (leaves, etc) provides better insulation for the plants, yes? So don't waste energy being angry with yourself next Spring. :-)

Sandra said...

well letting it stay gives us many beautiful photos to admire. love the gator. and that bowl of colored leaves is awesome

Penelope's Beehive said...

A garden left "as is" for Wintertime, lends itself to its own magic...frost upon a dragonfly wing, a gater peeking upward through the snowpack, seedpods and fruits served up as a smorgasbord for wildlife. It seems a perfect landscape for enjoyment--your Winter garden--tending not required.
Wishing you blissful days Catherine...
Hugs,
Judy

It's me said...

Have a beautiful autumn sunday.....before you know spring is here....hahahaha...love Ria...x !

Brian said...

Oh well, just leaf it alone and have a cup of tea!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Catherine,
You will regret it much in the spring and besides, leave some of it to your cute garden gator!
Hugs,
Mariette

Tamago said...

LOL!! At least you are prepared to get mad at yourself :-)
And the ground covered with leaves actually look beautiful, isn't it?

Betsy Adams said...

Since we have TONS of big shade trees in our yard, we HAVE to rake/blow leaves SEVERAL times in the Fall... I do enjoy it though since it's such good exercise...

Hugs,
Betsy

Alice Marie said...

It happens. Lovely photos though.

Crafting Queen said...

Such wonderful photos, love the last one. Have a great week. Lots of hugs to Banjo. :)

Ann said...

I'm so glad that I'm not the only one. I've always done the same thing.

Carolynn Anctil said...

One of my favourite gardening magazines (sadly they stopped publishing in 2009) recommended leaving trees and shrubs alone in the fall so birds and insects had a place to take shelter and forage in during the harsh winter months. Maybe that's why you have such an abundance of friendly wildlife in your garden in the spring and summer.

Nice images, by the way...

Eileen said...

Lovely photos! Your garden is so interesting and you have such unique little critters and objects!!

I usually clear out the containers but I tend to leave the leaves and other debris on the lawn. I did buy a leaf blower/vacuum this year for the front yard since there is no lawn but yesterday's wind seems to have blown most of those away (onto the neighbours). Lucky lazy me!



RoeH said...

I just love Autumn/Fall. It's just so pretty in so many ways.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Catherine, I read the last few quickly, poor Banjo, I'm sorry he wasn't well. He seems to have taken not being fed in stride, maybe he could teach Boots a thing or two.

I usually leave my garden cleanup until the spring, the seeds are great for the birds, and the leaves are a good insulation. Besides, I can't be bothered.

Jen

Kerri Farley said...

I hear that leaving the leaves on the ground is good for the wildlife ...... so we don't rake (that's my story and I'm stickin' to it :)
LOVE your shots!!

Becca said...

Love this post! I had to laugh though, because I NEVER before had to "clean up my garden in the fall" before! Now, I have been working on cleaning up, throwing out and preparing for winter! Something I'm still not used to doing! :-)

Mary said...

Gorgeous photos! And i do the very same thing. Every.single.year. lol

Sylvia said...

Lovely photos of your garden, Catherine !
We remove leaves from our lawn but leave them in the borders until Spring for protection in Winter,
in Spring we do the final cleaning ... :-)
Nice week,
Sylvia

Susan said...

Yep, (shoulder shrug) oh well, one thing I've learned it that the fairies don't come and do it for you.
Dang it!

bobbybegood1 said...

No truer words were ever spoken. Are those plums on the ground? If so, then, why not leave them there for the smallest of creatures among us to make it through the winter?

Tammy said...

Why do today what you can put till tomorrow, or even the spring:) The fall sights are lovely!

SweetMarie said...

it looks pretty, why clean it!? :)

Kitties Blue said...

Mommy says that if her garden looked this pretty, she would leave it until Spring as well. She hasn't gotten to hers yet, and is afraid that like you she will have Spring regrets. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

Vanessa Morgan said...

Beautiful pictures. Perfect for this time of the year.

Smareis said...

Maravilhosa essas imagens. Lindo jardim!

Desculpa a ausência, estive em off esse tempo.
Deixo uma abraço e desejo de uma ótima semana!

Pantherka said...

Great photos and humorous commentary ... :-)

Lin said...

I like to clean up the garden for winter--it's sorta like "tucking it in" for the winter.

Katy Noelle said...

LOL!!! I'm the very same with my garden! I am considering the autumn debris to be a protective mulch!! ;)

Teresa Evangeline said...

Love this ... I'm in good company. :)

Linda R said...

I don't blame you.. I wouldn't clean it either. Love your photos my friend.

Hugs~

Barbara said...

I think it looks beautiful right now. I wouldn't be able to touch it!

Nancy Claeys said...

Don't go in there -- I saw an alligator. :)

Jaime said...

I have a tiny little garden, but I do the exact same thing! lol!
The ferns are all dead and have drooped right down to the ground... I should have cut them back. And all my flower pots have dead things in them.. they look dreadful.
I will be feeling just like you this spring. ho hum.

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