I am a happy girl... I have color in my garden...
just a tiny bit... but I will take it!
Sunday was our first real warm day here in Indiana.
I soaked up every bit of it.
That little bit of warmth and my garden jumped back into life.
Renewal is a beautiful thing.
The flowers may be on time... but the work is constant.
My beds are left to rest all winter.
That means a big, messy clean up every March and April.
you have to dig out the remnants of last years show.
(French Pussy Willow)
I literally have to dig out my bulbs for them to be seen.
Partially because my borders have been moved out over the years.
What once was by the edge is now three feet inside the gardens.
Slowly I have been moving the smaller bulbs outward,
but still I have to find them in the spring and try not to step on them.
As I clean up the perennials it is lovely to find new treasures.
This year I have a wonderful collection of moss...
I hope it stays and grows on my north side.
It is lower and wet there, fingers crossed.
I did not get all of mine in the ground last fall,
so this week I will add tulips where I can see I need them.
One benefit of being lazy I guess.
They should be fine.
My early chores are always the boxwoods and evergreens here.
I have about 20 in the front gardens.
I have cut them all back to about 15 inches tall and wide.
I love the winter color, but I don't allow them to be huge.
This took me all day yesterday,
but I love the clean look once the are back in shape.
Cushions on the swing and some of the pillows.
We have had so much wind!
I hate to get anything broken, but it looks nice to have color again.
They are saying mid 50s for this week and near freezing a few nights.
I think the worst is over, but I will watch to see how quickly things bud out.
I don't want to risk loosing my hydrangea blooms this year.
It is amazing how quickly it changes from bitter cold to warm here in Indiana.
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Brooke Berry Kroeger writes at the Creative Country Mom blog. There she shares her photography and country lifestyle. She enjoys incorporating vintage finds and repurposed treasures in her Southern Indiana farmhouse and garden. She loves to talk about gardening and decorating and often lectures at local gardening education events and area organizations and clubs. Brooke has started doing freelance photography work, contact her for your business or family photography needs. She also provides social media training and services including graphic design work for other websites and area businesses.
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