What a wonderful day, the first day to really get out into the garden in the spring. It really is one of the best days of the year. I don’t set a lot of expectations for getting things done, I just go out and do a few things to get my hands dirty and “get my head back into the garden”. Here is how my day went…
First, I got to try out new tools for the garden that I got for Christmas and birthday. Today I used my new tub as I cut back some Japanese blood grass and trimmed up the hellebores. There are indeed some nice big flower buds on the hellebores and they look much better with the old frozen foliage removed.
I also filled my new tub several times with henbit and will surely fill it many more times as weeding begins in earnest. Early spring is the best time to weed, while the ground is still damp and soft and the weeds are little. Trust me on this, don’t procrastinate on the weeding!
I also just looked around to see what else I needed to do, later, of course, not on the first day in the garden. My eyes were drawn to this mass of forsythia shrubs and I have decided that they have got to go. These have not bloomed in the nearly nine years since I planted them, there is a bunch of grass growing up around them, and I think the rabbits hide here. There are no flower buds on them this spring, either. I want something there to separate the raised bed vegetable garden from the rest of the yard, but this forsythia, which was labeled Forsythia x intermedia ‘Arnold Dwarf’, just isn’t living up to my expectations! I think I’d rather plant raspberries or something like that in this bed. So, I’ve made a note to dig all this out. Goin’ do it, don’t try to stop me!
And then I had some fun with my camera.