Quick Tip – Yard Walkabout/Storm Repair

Monday’s Yard Walkabout had me cringing as I checked all my garden beds. We had a spring rainstorm last night that rivaled a mid-summer downpour. I found my top-heavy hyacinths lying on their sides.

To the rescue, twigs from last year’s Rudbeckia daisies.

I rarely cut these tall stems down in Autumn. They retain seeds on the spent flower heads for a good part of the winter, a food source for birds, and in the spring and summer their tall stems, turned wood-like in the winter weather, are perfect stakes for zinnias and other tall border plants. I usually break off the smaller twigs and discard, this year they will come in handy; I’ll poke the end in the ground and let the branches hold the hyacinth up until time to cut the faded flower away.

My propped-up hyacinths are part of Cee’s Flower of the Day.

10 thoughts on “Quick Tip – Yard Walkabout/Storm Repair

  1. The best part of this post was the fact that you leave the daisy sticks and seeds for the birds for their winter food. I loved to read about that.
    And the second best part were the colours on those hyacinths. In our part of the world, we have seen only water hyacinths- a sort of water weed that clogs waterways and causes environmental destruction or so they say.
    Susie

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    1. Timelesslady

      Hi Susie, In my part of the country the water hyacinth you speak of is a weed in the southern states. Here in the northern states it is actually sold as a backyard pond ornamental. It does spread quickly in the ponds, but our colder temperatures don’t let it thrive in winter. I do love the birds and enjoy letting some flowers go to seed so that they have natural bird food along with what I provide in feeders. The colors are so pretty…I like them all. They smell very sweet.

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