November 24, 2018

A St. Clair West Village, Toronto Fall Cleanup (in the Snow)

Raking Leaves, Raking Ice 


Working outside in Toronto in late November as a gardener has few charms. It's cold and often wet but thank heavens it doesn't usually snow. But when it does snow, doing a fall garden cleanup (or more accurately an early winter garden cleanup) is a true test of endurance. 

Another week of this nonsense of working in sub-zero temperatures and I'm done for the work season! But first I'll show you some pictures of my latest fall garden cleanup in the St. Clair West Village area of Toronto.

My client Shirine's backyard is composed of all rectangles: the deck, the paths and garden beds. From a garden design viewpoint, it's a very efficient way of maximizing the use of a narrow and long area.



Toronto St. Clair West Village Fall Backyard Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Toronto St. Clair West Village Fall
Backyard Cleanup Before


Toronto St. Clair West Village Fall Backyard Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Toronto St. Clair West Village
Fall Backyard Cleanup After 


St. Clair West Village Fall Backyard Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
St. Clair West Village Fall
Backyard Cleanup Before 



St. Clair West Village Fall Backyard Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
I left the "P.G." Hydrangea 
(Hydrangea paniculata 'Grandiflora') 
standard alone for the winter and 
will prune the spent brown panicles 
(flowers) next spring.



Toronto St. Clair West Village Fall Backyard Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Ooops, I forgot to shut the shed door



Toronto St. Clair West Village Fall Backyard Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Not much I could do with the ice 


St. Clair West Village Fall Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Several clumps of wilted "Jack Frost"
Siberian Bugloss which, ironically,
didn't respond well to Jack Frost visiting
Toronto. I'll cut these down...


St. Clair West Village Fall Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
and leave the "Ice Dance" Sedge
(Carex) and Sweet Woodruff alone


St. Clair West Village Toronto Fall Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Flash frozen hostas



St. Clair West Village Toronto Fall Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
St. Clair West Village
Toronto Fall Cleanup After 



The front has two garden beds which seem to collect all the Linden tree leaves coming from the left side and face the prevailing north/north-west wind. The perennial lavender could use a light trim next spring but it's a low maintenance affair at curbside.


St. Clair West Village Toronto Front Yard Fall Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
St. Clair West Village Toronto
Front Yard Fall Cleanup Before 


St. Clair West Village Toronto Front Yard Fall Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
St. Clair West Village Toronto
Front Yard Fall Cleanup After 



Toronto St. Clair West Village Front Yard Fall Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Toronto St. Clair West Village
Front Yard Fall Cleanup Before



Toronto St. Clair West Village
Front Yard Fall Cleanup After