Preparing the Garden for Winter

Today may very well have been the last warm day of the year. The temperatures are supposed to drop into the 30s later this week and I do not want to be raking leaves and planting bulbs when it gets that cold.

So, we’ve spent these last nice days winterizing the garden. Our clean-up mostly consisted of raking leaves, mowing, cutting back perennials, pulling annuals and cleaning up flower beds.

preparing the garden for winter

The garden looks so depressing this time of year, but planting almost 100 flower bulbs makes me look forward to spring with eager anticipation.

I chose the following tulip and daffodil bulbs for the front garden.

 

Pink Daffodil Collection

This collection includes:

Accent Daffodil

Pink Charm Daffodil

Romance Daffodil

Pink Radiance Daffodil

Chromacolor Daffodil

Mon Cherie Daffodil

 

Monet’s Garden Tulip Mixture

 

Greenland Viridiflora Tulip

I also planted the Enchanted Evening tulip mixture, a mixture in shades of purple, lilac-blue and white and blue in many varieties.

 

preparing the garden for winter

In the back, I planted these lily tree bulbs along the fence leading into the yard. I can’t tell you how excited I am to see these next summer.

 

Last, but not least, I planted these Historic Peony Seeds I picked up on our New England travels this summer. They are from Hildene, the Lincoln family home. The seeds were propagated from peonies originally planted by Jessie Lincoln as a gift to her mother in 1905. If you’re ever in the area you should most definitely stop by for a visit.

Hildene flowers

Well, that’s all I’ve got for today. My body is sore and I’m ready for a nice hot bubble bath. :)

 

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