Yesterday was the fourth anniversary of keeping track of these gardens on this garden blog. Time has flown! Although I’m somewhat overwhelmed by the amount of work ahead to clean up the gardens for spring and summer, I’m encouraged by reflecting back on the progress each season brings of its own accord. Somehow, miraculously, the work is accomplished, and the next season approaches whether I am ready for it or not. Why stress?
Today I ambled around snapping photos of signs of growth. The snow is gone except for a couple tiny patches, and the earth is too saturated, so I can’t truly begin working it yet. Peonies, lilacs, hyacinths, and daylilies all prepare for spring. Even stepping on the soil to take these photos isn’t smart since compaction is the enemy of healthy soil and healthy plants, so I will wait until things dry out some.
Growing things and playing with soil in the shed and greenhouse will have to keep me satisfied for now.
Outdoors, pots of tulips recently moved from the garage to the deck show promise. I’m learning that squirrels seem to lose interest in the bulbs once they break the soil surface, so it was safe to move them outdoors a few weeks ago. My excitement builds to view their spring display which I anticipated here.
These girls of our current flock of 10 are happiest about the wet soil since moisture means WORMS.