I’ve been gathering leaves by the barrow load again this morning and tiding up some of my herbaceous perennials too. Not all of them need cutting back now. I try to leave the sturdy stems in place for as long as possible to provide homes and food for tiny creatures. You wouldn’t believe how many little critters can share the same space. This morning I found a small snail jammed into the top of a hollow stem then when I looked closely there were a few woodlice in there too.
There was a tiny Snail sitting on top of a Poppy and a little spider inside.
Last autumn I found a ladybird hiding in an Aquilegia seedhead. If you look closely it’s amazing what you find!
So although I’m tidying up a bit I am also making sure that I leave plenty of hollow stems, seed heads and seeds for the smaller creatures around here. If it’s a cold winter they will need some protection from the worst of the weather.
If you would like to see what else I will be doing this month you might like to have a look at NOVEMBER.
Thanks for reading, liking and especially for commenting. Happy Gardening Gillian 🙂