HOW’S YOUR AUTUMN CLEAN-UP COMING ALONG? Do you still have leaves to rake, annuals to pull, and perennials to cut back? As you will see on this brief garden tour, I have quite a few chores to accomplish before the snow falls:
I’ve hired a crew to gather and shred the 15 million leaves that blanket my property. (I save my leaves, and use them for mulch.) But the work can’t begin until a couple of poky trees decide to cooperate:
Poky tree #1: The silver-leaved maple at the northern end of my Rose Garden. I don’t know why this variety is so unwilling to part with its faded foliage. Its sugar-sap kin dropped their leaves weeks ago.
Are you listening, Mr. Silver Leaf and Ms. Beech?
Hold on a moment while I grab my pruners…
What’s that you say?
You’d like to tackle this job?
On the top terrace of the Serpentine Garden, a Penstemon demands attention. Do you know this perennial? Just now, masking its purple-hued foliage that stays fresh through the winter, are tall, ugly, long-faded flowering stalks. Thirty seconds with pruning shears will restore its handsome looks.
But with your help, I think we can manage the job in no time at all.
We can head back to the house now, where a drinky-poo awaits.
How does a martini sound to you? I’ll make it with Beefeater gin and just a splash of dry French vermouth. Just let me know how many olives you prefer.
So don’t complain about the brand of gin I’m serving you.
As we sip our martinis (which in short order we shall pronounce “martoonies”), I hope you’ll tell me about the autumn clean-up chores that await you in your own garden.
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