Saturday's arrival brought blue, sunny skies.
Oh my, what a welcome sight!
Our long stretch of cold, gray gloom was beginning to take a toll.
With nothing on the day's schedule, I promptly decided it was going to be an outside gardening day. At first glance it may seem early for any gardening, but I knew there were a few early chores to be accomplished. Before I began I just sat on the patio enjoying the sun on my face and the chance to breathe in the fresh cool air. In the distance the sound of birdsong made me know that despite what the weather might be saying, springtime is just around the corner.
Late winter is the time I cut back the ornamental grasses. Trimming away last year's dry foliage to make way for fresh new green shoots always feels hopeful.
The one above is liriope (aka: monkey grass). There are five of them around the backyard water feature and five in the front yard.
I found a pair of scissors worked best to give them all a haircut.
Once done, things were looking much tidier.
This twiggy looking thing is my Annabelle Hydrangea.
Not too impressive right now, but come summer it should be filled with big white blossoms.
In an effort to ensure that happening I cut it back to within 6-10" from the ground before it breaks dormancy.
Once the work was done I strolled the garden looking for signs of new life. In the herb garden I noticed fresh green chives popping out.
Last fall I had a few crocus bulbs left over and stuck them into a patio pot. We're expecting a few days in the 60s this week which I imagine will coax them into bloom.
My three little blueberry plants are filling up with buds. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a healthy harvest come summer.
Although most of my spring bulbs have poked out of the ground, the only bloom to be found is this one lone snowdrop. A sign of things to come. I can hardly wait for the show to begin.