Sunday, March 01, 2009

First outside gardening job of the season done

Well, it isn't really gardening, but the job of the weekend was mowing down our wildflower meadow. We like to get this job done when the snow is gone, but the ground is still hard frozen.

It's cold and dusty, and I'm thankful that John sacrificed himself to do a half on Saturday, and the rest today. To get it all down, he had to go over each area twice, as the dried stems are quite tough.

The button seedheads are beebalm Monarda didyma and the grass is little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), which is a lovely copper color all winter.

© Yvonne Cunnington, Country Gardener

9 comments:

  1. Yvonne, I'm jealous...you have no snow! I can hardly wait to see this in our fields in Maine.

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  2. It will be just beautiful this summer Yvonne! I think it's time I get out and cut my gardens down too! I'll wait til it gets over 25 degrees!

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  3. I imagine it would be practical to do that job while the ground is frozen and before too much growth has started.
    I have been thinking of cutting down the ornamental grasses soon. All of a sudden there is new growth at the bottom and you don't want to cut into that. But it is just so darn cold!!

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  4. How hilly is your meadow? Ours is a hill, and I'm wondering how tippy that mower is.

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  5. Kathy: Our meadow isn't hilly, so there's no danger of the machine tipping.

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  6. Yvonne ... good grief where is YOUR snow girl ?? LOL We still have a bit in Kingston .. but more rain will come eventually next week and finally we break free !

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  7. Will you be growing PPA's perennial of the year this year? (Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola') I'm thinking about incorporating more ornamental grasses into our landscape (we garden on approximately 4 acres).

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  8. Hi TC: Yes, indeed. I wrote about it here, and the picture shows where I grow it. http://countrygardener.blogspot.com/2009/01/one-of-my-favorite-plants-is-2009-star.html

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  9. CG,

    That mower looks so cool. Can I borrow it? :0)

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