Since tomorrow and the day after tomorrow will be rainy days, I decided, while it wasn’t too chilly, to do my fall cleanup outside in the garden. The leaves aren’t even close to ready to be raked and bagged. So this cleanup is about cutting away all the dead stalks and spent flowers and giving the garden a tidying up before the snows come.
Every fall I take great pleasure in cutting down and hauling away my nemesis, the bamboo. My hubby loves his bamboo and since it grows like a weed, I never feel any guilt over cutting it away and there are often times when I pull really hard and whole clumps of bamboo come away, roots and all. Over the years I have learned that no matter how much I dig up, it comes back in spades. Bamboo is one of the most sustainable grasses on earth, it can replenish itself in no time. I know that I have written about my battles against the bamboo before, but today as I was hauling all of the bamboo over to the compost pile, I was thinking that I could house a pair of Giant Pandas, no problem. If I wanted to, I could probably put the bamboo to good use and harvest it for clothes, furniture and other things that are being done with bamboo, the new “it” grass in the green movement.
But all of that is too much work, after I had finished with the bamboo and moved onto cutting all the spent flower stalks, the upright Phlox and cleaning up the day Lilies, I came inside and sat on the couch, not moving anymore until it was time to walk Jack and Rex again.
This tired is a good tired, I’m proud of all the work I did in the garden today. It isn’t done, I have a few plants that I need to mulch against the upcoming frost and I could go on and on; but for today, I say a job well done.