What do you see?

The last couple of days I've been battling a cold and just haven't felt much like getting out into the garden, but I have been doing quite a bit of window gazing.

For instance, here's the view of the driveway from inside. What do you see when you look at this? Do you focus on the greenery? The bamboo? Something else? I'll tell you what I see...


I see jobs. Chores. Tasks that haven't yet been completed. Take this view for instance:

When I look at this I see castor beans that need to be pruned (I like to leave the trunk and branches for the birds):

Also, some elephant ears to be dug up.

And I see a pond that needs a bit of leaf removal:

Not to mention some plants that need to be removed from the water and stored in the garage (or composted). Plus lots more elephant ear tubers to dig.

And what about this scene?

I see wood to split and stack, straw to spread in the veggie beds, and some potted  sunchokes to dig up.

I also see several small pots of Agave and Yuccas to store someplace for the winter, probably along the south side of the house -- closer to where their permanent home will be next year:

Here I see several pots of bamboo that will need some winter protection when it starts getting colder. Some will go into the garage, but others... I'm not sure yet.

Stacks of empty nursery containers to store somewhere too. They tend to pile up.

Why didn't I coil up the hoses after using them last weekend when it was warm and windy?

Winding hoses should be simple, but not when they're cold and stiff!

Cannas to dig up or at least trim and move into the garage:

Vines to pull down and lots of seed to collect:

Do I even dare mention the front yard?

Believe it or not I really like raking leaves, but I really only like to do it once. That means I wait until they're all down, which makes my yard the last one covered in leaves every year.

I've got a few elephant ears and cannas to dig up here too. I wonder what the final elephant ear tuber count will be... probably at least 50.

Luckily the weekend will be dry and I should be able to whip through many of these jobs. I'm sure it will be much more fun doing them than thinking about doing them, right?

I know "it's not work, it's gardening!", but sometimes it's difficult to remember that I love doing this stuff.

So tell me, are you also avoiding any seasonal garden chores?


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Lisa  – (November 15, 2012 at 9:12 AM)  

One thing I do NOT see in that first picture? A driveway! Haha!

I think we're all the same, though. Every view of my yard is just a reminder to me of things waiting to be done before the first snowflakes fall. I should probably make a list... excuse me while I go look out the window!

Alan  – (November 15, 2012 at 9:57 AM)  

Fair point Lisa. Keep in mind that I've already removed half of the pots...

Salty Pumpkin Studio  – (November 15, 2012 at 10:17 AM)  

I was. Last week I finished the clean up.

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (November 15, 2012 at 11:20 AM)  

I avoid looking at the corner of my backyard that pretty much looks like your driveway. Yes, lots of chores. I've already done the pleasant ones, so I'm left with the ones I don't care for. What else is new, LOL.

Feel better soon!

Rock rose  – (November 15, 2012 at 11:45 AM)  

We mut have the same gardening style because I see what you see and it never seems to go away!

Rock rose  – (November 15, 2012 at 11:46 AM)  

We mut have the same gardening style because I see what you see and it never seems to go away!

sandy lawrence –   – (November 15, 2012 at 3:33 PM)  

To add insult to injury at my place, which looks just like your place, I keep buying more plants! What is *wrong* with me?

Hope you are feeling better soon. Colds are the worst for making one feel tired.

scottweberpdx  – (November 15, 2012 at 9:29 PM)  

I'm one of those lazy gardeners who leaves most everything as it is until spring...except the hoses...I actually DID roll them up last weekend...and what a PAIN it is. I honestly think dealing with hoses is one of the most unpleasant parts of gardening...at least for me! Feel better, hope you have a productive weekend :-)

Nance  – (November 15, 2012 at 9:35 PM)  

oh heck. the weekend is coming up. you have plenty of time! I do enjoy this photo.

ricki  – (November 16, 2012 at 5:09 PM)  

May I lend you my rose colored glasses?

barbie  – (November 17, 2012 at 6:30 AM)  

Shame! So sorry to hear you are not feeling well. Don't worry about the garden - it will always be there and will forgive you! Get better soon. The garden takes on a completely different look now it is going into winter.

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