Friday, March 15, 2013

Making the Cut

When we bought our house we had
a retaining wall built.
All of the ferns you see just came
along voluntarily.  I think that was
very nice of them.

And every March I cut the ferns. All
of the ferns.

All of the way down to the bottom.

March is the time to do it so the new little
fronds (seen here) have not yet lifted
their little heads.  Therefore you do not
cut off their little heads.

One year I waited too long. It took
forever to do the job because I
had to be so careful not to cut
the little fronds.

I guess you could just cut off the
old ugly leaves and leave the newer ones.

But I just love how green and beautiful
they look when they all come up

new and fresh every year.  I also trim
all the ferns we have planted and all
the ones around the yard that have
sprouted up and found a home here.

We try to get all the ornamental grasses
cut in March, too, but are a little bit
behind this year.  If we get enough more
sunny days we may get it done before April!!

Wishing you all a good weekend! And Happy St.
Patty's Day!
Annette   :>)


Florence said...

The sunny days sure does make us all want to get out there and clean up our flower beds. Enjoy your spring!
Hugs! Florence

Kathy said...

Your retaining wall looks beautiful! My ferns are still not cut back, nor are the roses pruned plus we have a man coming today to talk about moving a fence for a new veggie garden spot. Tis the season!

Mack & Momma said...

Annette, we have several retaining rock walls in our backyard that we built ourselves and they too, became full of voluntary ferns. I love them! Mother nature poking her green out wherever she can! Makes me smile. Happy day sweet friend! xoxo, Chris/Momma

sherri s. said...

It's lovely! We just redid the front garden with BIG rocks...I don't think I'll get volunteer ferns, but I'm hoping for some moss or lichens one day.

Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

I love that wall you guys built.. Just beautiful .. I love it all. I bet when spring is in full bloom your place is just breath taking.. Love it all my friend

Diane Mars said...

The looks great and I am sure it is going to serve a good purpose! I too cannot wait to plant some flowers things look a little dull in our yard right now. Hugs, Diane

Evi said...

that is so interesting. Because everything dies back here in the winter, I never gave it a thought.
I just get rid off all the dead leaves in the fall, and the new grows comes back automatically.
The wall looks lovely, and your ferns are very nice to help you out.
Love your picture Annette.
Sending you warm hugs from a snowy North-East....again!

melanie said...

I love your garden- cant wait to see it again :)