Finally, I have got all the leaves swept up from the lawn. I’m sure a few more will find there way there but they can be removed by the lawn mower when next used. The last part of the lawn to be cleared was the circle up by the pond and pergola.
It took me 3 sessions to clear this lot.
I had left them too long and they were really thick.
With a break for coffee and then another one for lunch….
…. finally they were all gone!
Even better news is that practically all the leaves are down from the big, ancient trees, so now I just have the woodland to clear, to make way for the snowdrops.
When you get a thick layer of Horse Chestnut leaves, which take for ever to rot down, I have found from bitter experience that little precious plants quite often give up and die when smothered. The black labels mark just some of my precious snowdrops.
Sometimes even the labels get buried.
This is my leaf mould pile in a corner of the woodland. It is about 5 ft high x 4 ft wide and 8 ft long. Eventually it will rot down to about a quarter of what it is now.
When it has rotted down, it then gets put back onto the snowdrop beds, but some snowdrops just can’t wait.
I’m going to have to be extra careful raking up the leaves in this corner. I’ve never had snowdrops flowering in November before, my earliest ones are usually out by Christmas. I think I might just have to do this area by hand so that I don’t damage the little flowers.
Great care will be needed and of course it all depends on the weather how much time I will be able to spend in the garden. Christmas preparations are also taking priority at the moment, but hopefully I can get the woodland prepared before too many more snowdrops decide to join the early risers.