|November 12th!! I can't believe how nice it was so late in the fall.|
Another big job is digging up all the tubers and corms for winter storage.
|I chose a pretty picture of dahlias as opposed to one of me covered in mud,|
which is what happened when I tried to dig out the tubers.
The gladiola corms are much easier to deal with than the large dahlia tubers. I planted these in handy plastic trays - just dig out the tray and all your corms are right there.
|These trays made digging up the glads really easy|
|The plastic trays contain lots of holes for roots to grow through.|
|Baby corms clustered around the roots.|
Winter winds are quite severe here and many people wrap their shrubs to protect them. Last year I wrapped some of my newly planted evergreens in burlap. However, I neglected to wrap my rhododendron and paid the price. The evergreen leaves were shredded by spring so this year I made sure to erect some protection.
The clothes pins were a last minute choice to try and keep it all together but thus far it seems to be holding. Cross your fingers my little burlap tent makes it through the winter.
The final task will be wrapping our trees. After learning the hard way that voles can do extensive damage to young tree trunks over the winter we make sure now to protect them.
|Red oak is a big temptation for voles|
I think I'm ready for winter now. Well at least the garden should be ready. I wouldn't mind traveling to the tropics for a few months.