November 14, 2017

A Bedford Park, Toronto Backyard Garden Fall Cleanup

Tidy Up Quickly, Winter's Coming (er, it Actually Arrived!)


Another couple of weeks before this work season is finished and the fall cleanups just keep coming! Working in the cold is tough enough but add a bit of rain/sleet/snow and it really becomes hard slogging.

We had a "flash freeze" last week where several nights had temperatures plummet to -15 Celsius. It's rare to have such low temperatures in November here in Toronto. I worked the morning after the storm rolled in and I can safely say, it sucked. Perennials I'm cutting down have turned to mush and containers I'm trying to empty now hold solid blocks of soil and ice.

Today's post covers a fall cleanup in the Bedford Park neighbourhood of Toronto. I visit the property in the spring and fall to keep things looking halfway decent. It's a rental property so the gardens are left to their own devices so I never really know what to expect in terms of maintenance.

The backyard has a pool so I'm responsible for weeding and pruning the perennials and shrubs in the narrow side beds as shown below.




Toronto Gardening Services Bedford Park Garden Fall Clean up before by Paul Jung
More peonies and hydrangeas to cut down in this narrow bed



Bedford Park Toronto Garden Fall Clean up before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
I don't mind leaving these "Annabelle" smooth hydrangea 
flowers alone for the winter but the client said, 
more or less, "off with their heads!"




Bedford Park Toronto Garden Fall Cleanup before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
These mophead hydrangeas (Hortensia) normally 
still keep their leaves in early November but the 
freezing temperatures have turned them almost black



Toronto Bedford Park Garden Fall Cleanup before by Paul Jung Gardening Services
The back corner is simply covered in mulch



Toronto Gardening Services Bedford Park Backyard Fall Cleanup before by Paul Jung
If you can help it, just leave these ornamental grasses alone over winter. 
But the client wanted all the perennials cut down, so....



Toronto Gardening Services Bedford Park Backyard Fall Clean up before by Paul Jung
Frozen and thawed hosta leaves. It's a shame that 
this blue leaved variety ("Halcyon"?) never had a chance 
to turn a mellow yellow colour.  It's all a mess of mushy leaves and stems.


And afterwards....




Toronto Gardening Services Bedford Park Garden Fall Clean up after by Paul Jung
Toronto Gardening Services Bedford Park
Garden Fall Clean up after 



Bedford Park Toronto Garden Fall Clean up after by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Bedford Park Toronto Garden 
Fall Clean up after


Bedford Park Toronto Garden Fall Cleanup after by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Bedford Park Toronto Garden 
Fall Cleanup after


Toronto Gardening Services Bedford Park Backyard Fall Clean up after by Paul Jung
Bedford Park Backyard Fall Clean up after 


Toronto Gardening Services Bedford Park Backyard Fall Cleanup after by Paul Jung
Bedford Park Backyard Fall Cleanup after 


Fall Cleanup Bedford Park Toronto after by Paul Jung Gardening Services
Fall Cleanup Bedford Park Toronto after 





I bid this garden adieu until next spring. I'm sure there will be many weeds to greet me then!