Some plants I prefer to leave over winter to provide food and shelter for wildlife, or remain looking good over the winter with a little frost to decorate. Others however are looking decidedly tatty and so the back garden was given a tidy up this week.
The pink Japanese anemone spreads like mad in this corner. The whole plant was cut down and the unwanted sections removed. Also in this corner the zebra thuggish grass was dug up. We may have to keep an eye on this area as it sends out runners under the soil.
The fuchsia has been removed further along this bed, creating a good planting space for next year. I haven't decided on the replacement yet.
Three clematis have had a hard prune.
The water feature in the Yen Garden has been emptied, cleaned and stored in a frost free spot in the shed. The plants have been put into the pond until the spring.
The remaining wall planters were stripped and the Japanese anemone in front of the shed was also cut back hard. A new handle has been attached to the shed door.
Long strappy leaves from the crocosmias either side of the arch have been removed.
'Flo' has been returned to her usual place and a handle has been added to this shed too.
Finally, the working area has been tidied up with the bags of compost being stacked up the corner. A fourth compost bin, gifted from a neighbour, had been positioned ready to be filled by all the pruning and dying bedding plants from this week's spruce up.
Around the garden, leaves are falling, revealing some stunning stems of dogwood and birch.
Next comes the front garden.