Oh – hi there! Long time, no see! Thanks for sticking around during a long winter lapse in my blog-writing. I was busy with blogging about a trip to New Mexico and Colorado, taking care of some personal issues, and, of course, the holidays. Plus, I confess, I haven’t thought much about gardening in the coldest months. Now, though, spring is just around the corner!
After a mess of a week last week (highs in the lower teens, wind chills below zero, freezing rain, sleet and ice coating everything), the high of 50 today seemed balmy!
I headed out today to take stock of the yard and begin to think about pruning. It’s the perfect time to cut back some shrubs and last year’s perennials, since most plants are still dormant but spring will be here before we know it.
One thing I’m thrilled about is that we finally have a finished compost bin! My husband built a lid that will hopefully deter critters who might want an old apple peel or veggie scrap:
Combined with a lovely kitchen compost container I got for Christmas, the system is working beautifully so far. Can’t wait to generate some rich, fertile compost!
I spent some time cutting back butterfly bush, coneflower, and ornamental grasses today. A lot remains to be done.
Not everyone has been inside huddled against the cold. Our neighborhood rabbit population appears to be alive and well, judging by the evidence left in the grass. Nature’s lawn fertilizer!
I hope you are staying warm wherever you are. Less than a month ’til spring….