There is just no easing your body into the garden season! Thankfully this week, I’ve had my niece helping me with the spring cleanup; honestly, she has done most of the heavy lifting.
And where did ALL the leaves come from? I raked last fall, but there are still endless bags of dried twigs and branches…the willow is so messy. With all the wind we’ve had this spring, it’s no wonder!
Last summer, I planted dozens of perennials in the front garden, and now I see little green shoots sprouting up everywhere. I’ll assume these are actually perennials and not weeds! The tulips popped out overnight, as did the alliums.
In the past, I’ve clipped the boxwood hedges in early June, but I decided to see what would happen if I clipped them now. I’ve read they should be trimmed in early spring before they flush out new growth. We’re having warm, very warm days and no risk of a hard frost at night in the 10-day forecast…I think it will be OK.
There is a bit of winter kill here and there, but for the most part, the boxwood faired well over the winter. The front garden is so dry. With some rain or watering, they will perk up in no time. It’s hard to believe there was still snow on the ground a couple of weeks ago!
The Cotoneaster hedge and the Willow tree are leafing out early.
This hydrangea also has a head start.
And the first open tulip of 2023.
I’m sure all you gardeners are spending your days outdoors too…there is much to do!