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Eternal Pampas Grass Featured

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Gardening Diary 21st November 2013

A sunny but cold early winter's day required jobs that involved continuous movement. I started my afternoon's gardening session by cutting off the blackened top-growth of some dahlias. This is such a sure sign that we've now experienced a night frost that I didn't need to consult my max-min thermometer. As last year, I've chosen to leave the dahlia tubers in the ground over winter. I hardly noticed any difference in performance and it's a lot less work than lifting, drying and storing them. I'm just hoping that my good friend Hamish isn't reading this from a snow-bound Canadian lake-house. He wants me to lift and divide every year, and whilst I know that this should produce larger blooms, at present I have other activities to fill my gardening time.

The winds of recent days have now almost stripped the lime tree opposite of its leaves. Many of these collected in a wet heap on our terrace, so I cleared and bagged them to generate my 2015 leaf mold. I moved the bags to a quiet corner of the “woodland walk” and retrieved those of 2011. The contents had reduced to a nice consistency mold, although one that contained the leaves of an old pampas grass had not. It's nearly 8 years since I cut down that unloved pampas grass, and still it haunts me !

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