I suppose by now everyone has heard about the record snowfall south of me in Buffalo NY. Its incredible to think that some folks got over 7 feet of snow in a few days! Here in Niagara Falls, we got 6 inches! (That pic above is from Buffalo!)
Anyway, its been a temperature roller coaster around here, record cold temperatures all over north america a few days back and today, we’re sitting at 16C (61 F)… the 6 inches we got is long gone!
On the weekend it warmed up, so I figured I’d take advantage of that and put my plants to bed for the season before before we more snow!
This year I decided to go middle of the road in terms of cutting the plants back. A couple years ago, I weed whacked them all to the ground, and realized that doing that set the plants back in the spring… so last year I left all the leaves and even with the bad winter they did very well… This year, I got the weed whacker out and cut them down to about 8 inches. This way the plants that really don’t like be cut back to nothing, like purpurea and psittacina are not impacted by the cutting, even most of the phylodia producing plants still have most of their phylodia.
After the blowing out the excess debris and oak leaves… I gave them their winter blanket of pine needles. Not really sure what sort of protection these are going to afford anyway, its a very thin layer. I was hoping to buy some more this year, but I was informed by the place that I purchase them that they were out of stock and wouldn’t have any more till spring.
And so ends the 2014 growing season. Once again its been a great year.
Next year will bring a new experience for me… changing the soil in the bogs. I think its been 4 years now since I put these bogs in. The peat slowly breaks down over time, and eventually becomes toxic to the plants. Like potted plants need new media from time to time, bog gardens too need to have their soils refreshed. So I think next spring, I’m going to change out the soil!
This is also good opportunity to divide plants up and thin them out. I have found when plants get too clumped, their vigor slows… The other thing is that this will give me an opportunity to re-catalog my collection, something that is long over due.
I’m hoping my friend in the southern hemisphere will send me photos from time to time so I can post them here to give us northern hemisphere dwellers something to look at while our plants are sleeping!