It was inevitable, I know. The snow, I’m talking about. It is Canada. It is November. Still… We had flurries this past Tuesday, and again yesterday afternoon, and tomorrow the forecast is for about five cm with low enough temperatures to have it stick around for a few days. Winter is coming! Right now it’s time for Six on Saturday – six interesting things in the garden, a blog theme hosted by The Propagator. Be sure to visit his site if you’re interested in seeing late November gardens from around the world!
I’m pretty lax about cutting back perennial flower stalks in the fall, even for plants considered weedy by some. It’s partly because at this time of year I’m tired; at this time of the year it’s cold outside and I’m not overly keen on mucking about the yard; but mostly it’s because I know that dead flower stalks provide habitat for overwintering beneficial bugs and also provide food for birds. This last point was made evident to me yesterday morning as I was entertained by a half dozen small birds flitting amongst goldenrod seed heads left standing on the other side of the dining room window. They were pecking away, looking for the tiny seeds that would help them stay alive over the long winter ahead.
And finally, the view looking north down the back part of the driveway, the part we don’t use. Now that most of the oak leaves have fallen, I’ll be mowing this stretch and using the shredded leaves in the garden. This will prevent the moss growing on the driveway from being smothered over the winter. Have a great weekend everyone, stay warm (if you’re anywhere near the snowbelt!) and stay safe as this new Covid variant spreads.