Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Five, Six...Pick Up Sticks

The whole country has experienced a deep freeze this winter. It seemed that winter would just linger on, even for those of us who live in milder states. And it continues to linger for those unfortunate people to our north. But here in the South we are finally (finally!) experiencing some Spring like weather. (Did I say finally, yet?!)

Every few days I take a walk in the yard to see what plants made it through the winter. I have Trillium, Celandine Poppy, Daffodils, Grape Hyacinth, and Snowdrops gracing the gardens. March is late for Daffodils, so it's fun to see them blooming with some things that usually bloom slightly later. My Deutzia "Chardonnay Pearls" aka "Duncan" looked like it might not make it last Fall, but it's leafing out now! Woohoo! The Daphne marginata that I planted on the one year anniversary of Evan's death took a beating with January's single digit temperatures. The buds died. The leaves turned brown. I thought that all was lost. But the other day when I pruned it back, I found some green bits in the limbs. So, I'm hoping for a recovery. We'll see.

As I wandered around the garden, I weeded, I moved a few things around, I put some weed cloth down, and I found lots of sticks. They were in the beds and on the grass. Big branches and small sticks. I ignored them at first. But then I decided that picking them up and moving them out of the beds (and off potential returning perennials) is an essential part of late Winter/early Spring cleanup. I hope the mild weather (normal weather, even!) will continue, and I can get out there more often and get things planted before the heat of Summer hits in a few months.