I did some weeding today in the perennial bed. It felt good to get my hands in dirt, even if I was wearing gloves. The soil is extremely wet. I lost a few things over the winter. The guara, for one, just doesn't tolerate wet feet. The soil hasn't dried out since the fall.
I collected a wheelbarrow of weeds and a few leaves with them.
That was just from the border along the edge of the street. I dumped it into the compost bin twice.
The most exciting thing that happened to me all day was finding the first crocus bloom. Spring really is coming, but not before a cold rainy weekend passes through.
Anise hyssop "Golden Jubilee" is coming back. This is a self sown plant that popped up last year.
Lots of rudbeckias are hanging around.
Coreopsis "Full Moon" is doing great. I planted 12 of my divisions in the backyard today.
Coreopsis "Moonbeam" has new growth too. I didn't see any along the retaining wall. I paid a whole dollar for those 15 plants last year. They'd better come back.
I saw new growth on a few clearance rack mums too. Ditch lilies are ready for spring, like me.
Rose campion. These were wintersown last year. I thought they were lambs ear for a few months. I was wrong.
Dianthus Pinks are holding their own. These are clumps I rooted from a bag full that Jim at Frogview Cottage sent me.
All over the yard, daffodils are popping up. I even saw the tip of one on the front slope where I planted 200 back in December. As usual, those around the oak tree in the front yard will be the first to bloom.
It's 45 degrees. The rain will be here soon. Plenty of wood has been hauled into the basement. Lunch has been eaten. It's time for that nap. The rest of the weeds can wait.
4:42pm - No nap yet. I just had to check on the hoophouse. The seedlings survived the cold nights last week just fine. Not much growth, but plenty of sprouts. They know what they're doing.
Rudbeckia hirta. I think I may have overdone it with these. I have 125 of these little cups and every seed sprouted.
Like little soldiers. Dianthus and several others have already sprouted. In another month, it should be a sea of green in there.
Behind the hoophouse, the sedums I rooted this summer are coming back. The variegated sedum was shy. Here's the red.