We had a fairly nice late winter day on Sunday, so I grabbed the pruners and headed out to the gardens. I tend to not do a lot of clean-up in the fall for several reasons:
|12 Jan 2013|
- many things provide winter interest, especially the ornamental grasses
- birds enjoy the seed heads of things like coneflowers
- dead perennial foliage catches the snow and leaves, which gives them extra winter protection
But now it's getting close to the time when things will begin growing again and that dead stuff needs to go. In past years, I've been late in cutting the grasses back and new growth has gotten a good start before I got to it. Not this year!
What I found as I did my pruning was that spring is definitely on the grow. I was surprised, actually, at the level of growth I saw already. It's still February, for goodness' sake! Our last frost date here is just before Mother's Day and that's the date most people use for planting annuals, so we're more than two months away from that.
Here are the signs of spring I found, in addition to the daffodils being up a few inches and the Dutch iris even more than that:
Tradescantia 'Bilberry Ice'
Teucrium chamaedrys 'Summer Sunshine'
|St. John's Wort is leafing out!|
Geranium sanguineum 'Blushing Turtle'
Achillea millefolium 'Peachy Seduction'
Sedum x 'Autumn Fire'
Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Winter's Bliss'
Galanthus nivalis f. pleniflorus 'Flore Pleno'
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Crocus chrysanthus 'Fuscotinctus'
Two days later, we had ice, but none of these things will be bothered much by it, thankfully.