Snow: Yes, it’s all but melted. But, there are still bits on the ground here and there. Since I’m in want-to-garden mode, I’m chronically evaluating shady vs. sunny spots just about everywhere I go, even when they don’t belong to me. I'm ready to move on to the next season. Yet, those snow remnants have a purpose even now -- they let me know that their locations are not so well suited for planting: too shady.
Snow damage: Yes, my poor garden has some.The beautiful little dogwood next to our driveway lost a significant branch. I fear that another large-ish limb may have suffered a terminal snap, too. (It appears well-connected, but there are some tell-tale splits in the bark. For the time being, I will conveniently ignore this finding. Please indulge me.) I mourn for the bracts which might have graced them in about a month’s time. And, I rejoice: the pieces I clipped and put into a vase on the kitchen table are showing white tips. Maybe I’ll see those bracts yet!
Books: Thanks to Erin, I’m reading Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture. I was too
Dirt: As of last weekend, it’s back under my fingernails… and I’m so happy about that! I promise that I didn't do any digging in the soil so water-logged with snow melt! All I did was a bit of superficial leaf cleanup here and there, treading carefully, so as not to compact said water-logged soil too much. I’m basking in the warmer temps, and have dared to venture out without the hat and gloves which have been part of my daily uniform for the past months. My compost piles are cookin', moisturized with the snow I purposefully piled on top of them.Yippee!
How are you emerging from Winter in these longer and longer days, punctuated with gorgeous bursts of color from flowering bulbs?