A day late as I had nothing to share until this morning.  Head over to The Propagator’s blog, to see what everyone else has been up to.

As the sun is out, I decided to tackle the front border, with the help of a robin who perched nearby keeping his beady eye open for any grubs.  Not close enough for a photograph though!

This was the front border just after 9 am . . .

Front Border 1

. . . with the peony leaves looking very sorry for themselves.


Once they were removed it made it easier to tackle the iris leaves and Astilbe stems; though one of the plants has been fooled into thinking spring is coming.

Front Border 3

By 11 am, the only things left standing were grasses.

Front Border 8

I usually leave them as they are and trim them when I see new spring growth.

Front Border 6

An improvement.  I haven’t cleared all the leaves from the border – I may as well take advantage of my neighbour’s trees at this time of year – payback!

Front Border 9

I did sweep up all the leaves and bits of grass after taking this photo!

Notes to self:

The Japanese Anemone that usually fills the far corner did not do at all well this year.  I’m not sure if it’s because of the weather conditions, or because it has come to the end of it’s natural life.  If it doesn’t put on much growth in the spring, then I’ll replace it.

Do not try to cut iris leaves with a pair of blunt secateurs!