The weather has just not cooperated this fall. Granted my schedule can be a bit hectic, so I can't just expect Mother Nature to conform to MY timetable, but seriously, does it have to rain every time I have a free moment? It poured this past weekend, so I didn't get the opportunity to do any raking, but I managed to sneak out today for an hour before work and get some of those leaves up in my backyard before the snow flies.
The one thing I've neglected to do is trim back some of the lily and iris foliage around my yard.
I asked Anne Marie if I can cut it back before winter and here is what she had to say:
- If your iris and lily foliage is ready to be removed (i.e easily pulled out) go right ahead.
- Lilies: After the foliage has naturally died down, remove all but 4 cm of the stem so you know where the plant is next spring.
- Bearded iris: Do not mulch, cut foliage down to 15 cm.
And alas, as I'm about to post this, it's starting to snow.