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!