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Why I Don’t Deadhead

22 Nov

Yesterday morning everything was frosted in our yard. We got our first snow on Saturday. The morning was overcast and foggy, no sun peeking through.

I started my morning with sitting in my recliner reading some books before work watching the birds come and go from the feeder when I noticed even the birds were frosted. Now that is cold.

Later when I left for work I noticed that the Butterfly Weed plant was also frosted along with the remaining dead heads of my Echinacea plant. Each year I have great intentions of deadheading my plants in my garden but never quite get around to it. Perhaps the chance at another view of the same plant in a different way is what keeps me from deadheading. Nope, just lack of time or interest in doing it at the time I should.

The Echinacea has a different look to it with the snow in the background. It makes the Echinacea in the background look as though they are shadows of the ones in the foreground

I love that there are still a few petals from the flower clinging to the bottom of one of the Echinacea. When I first showed my husband the picture he thought is was a picture of bacteria or something like it.

This morning as I look out over the lake I noticed that it is almost covered in ice. I don’t think we will be walking on ice on Thanksgiving Day this year like we have in past years but it won’t be long.

 

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Posted by on November 22, 2011 in gardening, Nature, Photography

 

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22 responses to “Why I Don’t Deadhead

  1. CMSmith

    November 22, 2011 at 9:32 am

    I have a lot of plans for fall garden-cleanup that I rarely get too. I’m still hoping I can manage to trim the boxwoods before a heavy snow (actually a long put-off summer chore). No excuses.

    I read in a gardening book somewhere that leaving dried flower stalks up actually “provides winter interest” in the garden, and often food for birds.

     
    • flyinggma

      November 22, 2011 at 8:09 pm

      I like the idea of leaving something for winter interest. Somehow that gives me permission to leave things until spring. I did manage to trim the shrubs that needed tending to this fall beyond that not much.

       
  2. pattisj

    November 22, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Brrr. That looks way too cold for my taste! I deadhead to increase flowering early in the season, but let it go to seed toward the end, cutting back just before spring. Your pictures are beautiful, even if I had to don a sweater to look at them! lol

     
    • flyinggma

      November 22, 2011 at 8:11 pm

      Sorry to chill you to the bone…I’ve decided to try and have a positive attitude about winter this year hopefully seeing things in a new light. I need to do some serious work in my garden next spring, too many perenials have overgrown their space.

       
  3. nrhatch

    November 22, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Brrrr . . . pretty but cold.

     
    • flyinggma

      November 22, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      I knew you would find it a bit chilly! It has been a pretty fall this year although I could use a little more sunshine. Looks like we should get some sunshine soon.

       
  4. Thomas Stazyk

    November 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Great pics–you manage to make winter look appealing! Happy Thanksgiving!

     
    • flyinggma

      November 22, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      Thanks Thomas. How goes it with the bird attacks on your nursery? I hope you have found a satisfactory solution.

       
      • Thomas Stazyk

        November 22, 2011 at 11:27 pm

        Looks like a temporary truce! This weekend I’ll clean up the mess and hope that they’ve gotten it out of their systems–in every sense of the term! Thanks for asking.

         
    • flyinggma

      November 22, 2011 at 8:16 pm

      Thanks Thomas. How goes the battle with the birds? I hope you have found a suitable solution.

       
  5. barb19

    November 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Pretty to look at but not to be there! I feel sorry for that poor little bird.

     
    • flyinggma

      November 22, 2011 at 8:18 pm

      The bird kept fluffing up its feathers to keep warm I imagine. I watched some birds that put their back to the wind as this one did and others faced into the wind. I found it interesting that they faced different directions. I couldn’t believe that there was actual frost on the bird’s head.

       
  6. Steve Schwartzman

    November 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    I like the low-key minimalism of the last image. As you said, the Echinacea heads in the background really do look like shadows of the ones in the foreground.

     
    • flyinggma

      November 22, 2011 at 8:20 pm

      The last image is my favorite although it has a look that is different than most of my photographs. Now that I see what effect a snow background can have I will probably try more like it with different subjects.

       
  7. belleofthecarnival

    November 22, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    I love your pictures! They are always beautiful!

     
    • flyinggma

      November 23, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      Thanks Darcie. I always appreciate your kind comments. Happy Thanksgiving!

       
  8. dhphotosite

    November 23, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I know what you mean about deadheading…I never seem to get around to it, but afterwords I am glad that I didn’t for the winter interest.

     
    • flyinggma

      November 24, 2011 at 10:59 pm

      I always seem to think I have more time each season to do what needs to be done. Never quite accomplishing the things I had planned.

       
  9. mpat75

    November 23, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Lovely capture of the season. I can feel the chills sitting here in mumbai 🙂

     
    • flyinggma

      November 24, 2011 at 11:00 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. You could send a little bit of your warmth from Mumbai here to Minnesota.

       
  10. KatiesCameraBlog

    November 24, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    So glad you didn’t deadhead the plants. Pretty photos! 🙂 And Happy Thanksgiving!

     
    • flyinggma

      November 24, 2011 at 10:13 pm

      Thanks Katie. Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

       

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