Of course, the warmth has meant that our snow has finally melted and is almost gone!
I've been working outside for a little bit each day this week, beginning to cut back the perennial foliage that I left last fall -- I think it's so much more enjoyable to do it in the early spring, when the first few nice days make me long to be outside. I still have many beds to cut back, but there's lots of time to do it, and I think I made a good start:
|All neat and tidy, with the dried foliage and stalks (shown in the first photo) cut back and carted to the compost pile.|
|Lots of room for perennials to come up and annuals to be seeded in front of the porch. It always looks so empty in spring, but by midsummer these beds are so crowded I can hardly get in to weed them. I still need to prune back the roses.|
|I did get some sweet peas planted along the east side of the house. I've never had any luck growing them before, so I'm hoping these will work out.|
Best of all, when I went outside today, I saw that the crocus are starting to bloom! I noticed that the foliage was up the other day, but this warm weather must have kicked in their overdrive to make them bloom ASAP:
|What a happy sign of spring! The first flowers of the year!|
|More flowers to come....|
I love a warm and early spring! The weather forecast says we aren't to drop below freezing even at night for the next ten days, and no snow is predicted. Even if we do get more snow after that, the ground will be sufficiently warm that it will likely melt off right away. I sure hope we stay warm -- after last winter's horribleness, we could use a nice spring.
Hope you are enjoying warm spring weather in your gardens as well. Thanks for reading! -Beth