Snow arrived early this year, in time to decorate the Abbot gardens for Halloween; or provide picture perfect images for Christmas cards. With often ignored details outlined in new ways and limbs hanging heavy, the spaces become magical. Luckily the temps over the next few days will melt the snow and we will once again be greeted with the normal late fall views.
On a crisp fall morning, two groups of Driftwood Garden Club members gathered at the homes of Ginny Von Rueden and Margaret Bowen for practical demonstrations on putting our gardens to bed for the winter. Many thanks to speakers Kathy Bradford, Ginny Von Rueden, and Laurie Boggis. We learned which plants to bring inside, which to cut back now and which to leave until spring. According to speaker Kathy Bradford, “If it is yellow or brown, cut it down. If it is green, leave it alone!” We also discussed cleaning our tools at the end of the season: wash your tools, then dry and coat with a light layer of linseed or mineral oil to prevent rust. Putting your garden to bed is a process over several months, and will result in less spring cleanup and healthy plants to enjoy next year!