May 08, 2016

Summerhill, Toronto Spring Garden Clean Up

Or: should I leave the Pee Gee Hydrangea flowers on over winter?


Not exactly an existential question but sometimes clients ask me this and I always reply firmly and with utmost conviction "errr, it depends..." It depends on whether you want to see the old flowers collect snow. It depends on whether you want to deal with them the next spring. And so on...



Summerhill Toronto spring garden cleanup before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Summerhill Toronto spring garden cleanup
before by Paul Jung Gardening Services



When I asked the owner of this Summerhill neighbourhood garden if she liked seeing the old flowers, her answer was along the lines of "at first I did then I didn't." What this means this fall when I ask her again whether I should remove the flowers is anyone's guess.

This spring cleanup (shown by these pictures anyway as there was a lot of work in the backyard not shown) dealt mainly with removing the Pee Gee hydrangea flowers, cutting back the Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) and the Hortensia (Hydrangea macrophylla) stems that were killed off over the winter. Flowering-wise, this front garden is at its best in mid-late summer so I've asked (begged?) the client to plant more spring bulbs.



Summerhill Toronto spring garden cleanup after by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Summerhill Toronto spring garden cleanup
after by Paul Jung Gardening Services




Summerhill Toronto spring garden clean up before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Summerhill Toronto spring garden clean up
before by Paul Jung Gardening Services





Summerhill Toronto spring garden clean up after by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Summerhill Toronto spring garden clean up
after by Paul Jung Gardening Services





Summerhill Toronto spring garden cleanup before Paul Jung Gardening Services
Summerhill Toronto spring garden cleanup
before Paul Jung Gardening Services




Summerhill Toronto spring garden cleanup after Paul Jung Gardening Services
Summerhill Toronto spring garden cleanup
after Paul Jung Gardening Services





Toronto Summerhill spring garden cleanup before Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Summerhill spring garden cleanup
before Paul Jung Gardening Services





Toronto Summerhill spring garden cleanup after Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Summerhill spring garden cleanup
after Paul Jung Gardening Services





Toronto Summerhill spring garden cleanup before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Summerhill spring garden cleanup
before by Paul Jung Gardening Services





Toronto Summerhill spring garden cleanup after by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Summerhill spring garden cleanup
after by Paul Jung Gardening Services





Toronto Summerhill spring garden clean up before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Summerhill spring garden clean up
before by Paul Jung Gardening Services





Toronto Summerhill spring garden clean up after by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Toronto Summerhill spring garden clean up
after by Paul Jung Gardening Services

Life's good when the magnolias are blooming, no?


Magnolia soulangea Saucer magnolia by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Magnolia soulangea
(Saucer magnolia)
 

Saucer magnolia Magnolia soulangea by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Saucer magnolia
(Magnolia soulangea)