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.
It’s late winter and we’ve had sun, snow and rain today in North West England. Spring is only three weeks away so it’s time for me to get on with tidying the garden. We’ve had some lovely dried flowers and seed heads in the garden all winter.
I love flowers. I love tiny subtle pastel daisies and big bright blowsy flowers and everything in between. The problem is that for most of the year most plants are not in flower. They bloom for just a few short weeks then the flowers are over and done with.