It is a different world way down in the town of Clyde proper. The massive amounts of snow still on the ground up here are only faint dustings in the shadows down below. I always get more snow up here. It has been cold down there though. The big koi pond at Client #1's was half covered in a layer of ice.
There was a mid forties, partially sunny, window of opportunity to get some end of season cleanup done before the next winter blast arrives tonight. In this garden the preference is to leave many of the perennials standing for winter interest and the wild life. The big mow down will happen in February.
The evergreens and design structure of the overall garden will carry it through the brown winter months and still maintain a great deal of interest whether it is buried in snow or not.
Mostly I go down there to pick up sticks and organize leaves. The more ragged looking perennials get cut back, but I keep it to a minimum. I knew I had to come back because two large Sweetgum trees and a couple of Japanese Maples were not letting go of their leaves long after all the others were bare. The Sweetgum is still full of leaves.
In this garden the leaves get layered into the shrub borders and into beds that have spring bulb and annual displays for the summer. I just rake them in and don't bother to grind them up with a mower or shredder. They seem to disappear just fine and make a fine mulch.
Down there I rake leaves. Up here in the forest it isn't even considered.