Should we know better by now? YES!
Just when we get excited about Spring, a freak winter storm blows in and reminds us (once again) that we are not in charge!
Photo left: when the storm was at an almost white-out stage, April 10
Photos below: the morning after…
I had already taken the burlap off the boxwood hedges before the weekend snowstorm. I hope I will not regret it!
It’s times like this I’m reminded that it’s a good idea to keep a garden journal! Obviously, relying on my memory from year’s past isn’t the best plan. If I had taken the time to go over the photos taken last year, I might have been more patient with the Spring cleanup.
Based on photos taken last Spring, we seem to be ahead of last year.
This photo was taken from the greenhouse window last year on April 14. As you can see, there was still lots of snow on the ground.
This is another photo taken from inside the greenhouse on April 22, 2020. You may notice that the burlap is still on the boxwood hedges.
I didn’t take the burlap off the boxwood until April 25 last year…20 days later than this year!
Over the winter I started visualizing ways to change up the garden beds. Because everything is fairly established, the only ideas I thought would work is moving around some of the pots and decorative structures I’ve had in the same spot for years.
Inevitably, I encountered broken pots, some of which I love (for sentimental reasons) and don’t want to replace. This has meant patching cement urns (needs touch-up paint), glueing cracked pieces of a fibreglass pot (also needs repainting), and spray painting terracotta urns. My hands are now stained with a glue/dirt mix and black spray paint!
The forecast is for a few days of lovely, warm temperatures so out I go with the rest of the worker bees…there is so much more to do!
How is your garden looking?