In the last two weeks (of not particularly nice weather), a lot of work was done around the yard. D worked very hard outside - some was the usual mowing, but a lot was raking leaves, taking care of bonsai specimens that live outside during the moderate weather, and even trying to corral the acorns. Those acorns are huge! They are so large that we can't park in our driveway because the acorns can mar the car. I wonder what the insurance company would say that if we told them dents were caused by those pesky nuts!
Acorns aside, D spent a bit of time helping me with the gardening chores which, at this time of year, take a lot of time. But first, before he came home from the trip that included being inducted into the Middle School Hall of Fame, I did take out all the garden annuals in the front yard berm. They were looking sad and not at all pretty. The removal of dying annuals didn't take too long, and it improved the appearance of the front of the house. However, carrying pail after pail full of those droopy, dying annuals off to our dumping spot adds both weight and time to the job.
The next day of gardening instead of finishing the front I started with the biggest job - the backyard garden. That garden, if its dogleg were straightened out, would stretch almost all the way across the back. By the time I was within sight of the end, I was moving very slowly and was very tired. That's when D, my hero, came to my rescue and helped me finish up. Even so, it took a full day of work.
The third day, I realized that I hadn't finished the job in the front yard. The perennials in the berm needed to be cut back - a job that would take more time. Clipping is hard on the hands and also requires more care than yanking plants out to say nothing of the carting away part of the job. There were also some summer blooming bulbs - Peruvian daffodils that hadn't bloomed - that I wanted to lift and hold over to next year Maybe they will like next year's weather better. While they didn't bloom, they certainly multiplied!
Once finished with that, I decided to stop for the day, and toddled off to have lunch. As I ate, I glanced out at the daylily garden and had to be clipped down. It's a longish stretch of garden that is suffering from the white pines that shade much the bed's length so as I clipped - again! - I pondered where I could move the daylilies. The continuous clipping left me with a very sore hand but all garden areas clean and neat for winter.
As for the daylilies? Still haven't figured out where to move them. Maybe next year.