Monday, September 24, 2007

Fall Garden Clean-Up Underway

There is something inherently satisfying about cleaning up the garden. My ragged clump of iris caught my attention this weekend and the clean-up bug hit me. This is what it looked like before I started. My iris are interplanted with some run-of-the-mill daylilies. Once the iris are done blooming, the daylilies poke through and tower above the iris foliage. It's a great way to use one space in two different ways with no effort at at all. But at this time of year it adds up to double the clean-up. Not only are the sword-like leaves of the iris all brown, but the entire area is littered with the dry, crunchy daylily leftovers.

Luckily, clean-up is literally a snap. The brown iris leaves snap right off and I only need grab hold of the dead daylilies and pull. Here's the post clean-up picture. Ahhhh, I feel better already. Seeing the immediate results leaves me with such a feeling of accomplishment. I think that's why I really get a thrill out shovelling snow too. Now if only I could get this feeling to translate to housework!


Karen said...

If you ever DO figure out how to get that feeling to translate to housework, let me know. I'm in need of the same thing myself!

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

I also enjoy fall clean-up, although it hasn't felt much like fall here, it has been hot and humid, we need a good hard freeze to kill all the nasty little bugs.

Happy Clean Up!