I have to tell you that it is beautiful here in my neck of the woods. I went out to feed my outdoor cats and heard so many Robins singing their little hearts out. It is too bad that I could not get pictures of them. I could not see them. They were still in the trees. Oh it is still mostly grey and browns out there, but I saw some little leaves on my Knock Out roses peeking out from the stems. I thought the deer ate them when they came through here the other day.
Our lilac bush is just about to open its leaves. I do not know if we will get flowers on it this year or not. Some years we do and some we don’t. I have no idea why they do or why they don’t.
Tomorrow we will be transplanting our Heleborus back to where it was last year. It just does not like its toes pinched in the raised garden we had it in. It is also getting bud and getting ready to show its pretty flowers. We will be transplanting the Tall Phlox into that raised garden. They don’t have really deep roots and I do believe that it will spread and fill that box by the end of summer.
We do have to do some maintenance on our gardens as you can see. It is an every spring event. The ground rises as it hardens in the winter and then lowers when it is spring. Along with that we have many animals that like to disturb the boards when they walk on top of them or around then. I have even seen the cats lay right up against them. I have seen the deer walk all over them and pull them up when they move their hooves over them. No deer today!
This is the time of year that we really get busy outside. It is nice and warm and we do lots of prep-work for the vegetables and flowers that we are going to be planting come the end of April. Rototilling will also be included in those jobs. Everything may still be a bit dreary and grey, but there are flowers and trees showing day by day.
I told my husband and everyone else too that I will not be planting vegetables this year. It is so hard to keep up with the bugs around here and there seems to be a new variety each year. Alas, it looks like I will be planting some anyway as I could not afford to get many of the bulbs that I would have loved to get for the summer. I wanted to plant them instead, but I do not like the looks of empty raised beds.
Here are some of the ways that we have tried to keep those pesky bugs off our plants. I called them Conestoga Wagons, because that is what they look like. I might have to do that again. They only problem is that I cannot have those nets over them when they start growing too tall. I must say though that I do like picking fresh produce from my garden in the summer.
Are you ready for Spring? What kinds of things do you do?
© Debra K. Allen a.k.a Lady Guinevere
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