Late fall chores
The recent storms got me to finish up planting and putting away containers, so I find myself with some time during this nicer weather to do late fall garden work. Like PixieLou who mentioned bittersweet on the November photo thread, I've been spotting invasives (buckthorn & honeysuckle due to their late hanging leaves and bittersweet due to its berries) and pulling and cutting them. I know it's a nonending task since I've got over 100 acres to do, but I've found that I can make dents by really clearing an area and then just spot checking as needed. We are considering returning more of our old grown-in field to farming (the local dairy farmer is looking for more land to plant as houses have taken over some of the fields he used to use and he already plants the fields we have) so the amount I need to keep clear of invasives may be reduced in the next year or two.
We have a large old rhododendron (probably roseum elegans) which a PO planted, but is really too large for the spot. I've procrastinated on pruning it until DH, contemplating having to plow around where it had grown out into the driveway yet another winter, threatened to take a chainsaw to it if I didn't get it at least a bit under control. So I spent several hours pruning it, though since I didn't want to look at bare stems all winter and miss out on all the flowers next spring, it will need further pruning immediately after bloom next spring. So here is the pile of prunings:
Here is the rhodie post-hacking:
and here are the rooted branches I transplanted temporarily into the veggie garden from the driveway. If next anyone wants a potentially huge rhododendron or 5 next spring and is close enough to drive to central NH and get them, let me know.
I still need to clean up old foliage on plants like hosta and peonies.
What chores do you do once the growing season is done but winter hasn't really hit?