Be careful on garden cleanup!

Ellen Hornig
Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:50:53 PDT
A couple of years ago I was cleaning dead leaves out of shrubs when my
unprotected hand encountered a sleepy bumble bee.  There's more in your
garden than cute little hedgehogs (of which there are none here, of
course).  Be respectful of the fauna, but....wear gloves.

Ellen Hornig
Massachusetts USA

On Mon, Mar 16, 2020 at 10:48 AM Garak <> wrote:

> Hi list,
> It's a brilliant, sunny spring day here in southern Germany, reaching
> 20°C, so I decided to do some garden cleanup: some weeding, some cutting
> back... so I decided to get rid of the dead leaves on my Kniphofia which
> is nested on a south-facing wall. Luckily I was'n too agressive, because
> all of the sudden I found a slowly breathing ball of spines below the
> Kniphofia leaves and some other foliage. I hope I didn't disturb the
> little fellow too much - it's time to rise up from hibernation anyway.
> Never let anybody tell you that exotic plants are of no benefit to local
> fauna - and never forget that you're not the only one who calls your
> garden home.
> Greetings from Germany, where we're in the midst of floral spring
> explosion with lots of Scillas, Narcissus, early Fritillaries and so
> much more!
> --
> Martin
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> Southern Germany
> Likely zone 7a
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