Photo by Jessica Walliser
Things are finally starting to thaw.¬† How thrilling it will be when spring finally arrives‚ÄĒit has been such a long winter.¬† Yesterday it hit 56 degrees and today we are expecting the temps to reach the low to mid 60‚Äôs.¬† Yipee!
I managed to spend an hour yesterday afternoon in the front perennial bed, raking out some leaves, cutting back a bit of dead growth, and giving it a general sprucing up.¬†
Seeing the new growth peeking out of the plant crowns nearly made me giddy with glee.¬† My Leopard‚Äôs bane, Chinese forget-me-nots, Nepeta and spurge are already forming tons of new little leaves.¬† I‚Äôm always happy to know that ‚Äėmy friends‚Äô actually survived the winter and are willing to show up again for another year.¬† I did all this clean up while trying very hard to not actually step in the garden.¬†
The soil is totally waterlogged and I think if I leave any footprints behind some alien archaeologist will still be able to see them a millennia from now.
I‚Äôm planning to take advantage of every bit of good weather I can get in hopes of catching a heads-up on all the spring chores over the coming weeks.¬† Every other gardener out there probably will do the same.¬† It feels so good to go out in the early spring wearing just a light jacket and actually get something done.
Another chore I (unfortunately) had to do yesterday was poop scoop‚ÄĒprobably one of the most horrible jobs to do after a thaw.¬† But, as I was walking around the yard with shovel in hand, I spotted a bunch of my lawn crocuses peeking above the grass.¬†
Three years ago I planted a few hundred crocus in an area of the lawn with the goal of creating a spring bulb meadow.¬† It was so easy to do and looks really lovely every spring.¬† I always seem to forget they‚Äôre there so seeing the new growth yesterday confirmed that somehow, someday, spring will indeed put on her party dress and grace us with her smile.