Check it out - short sleeves at the beginning of March! Yes, it's a Midwestern Miracle. Temps have finally warmed up into the 50's and 60's and the sun was even shining for a bit yesterday. What this essentially means is that it's time for spring yard clean-up. After a long winter, all the perennial beds are filled with dead leaves and other decay. Lawns are littered with dead leaves, twigs, rocks from the snow plow, and wood chips from surrounding beds.
Just look at all of this yucky stuff from this area along the fence! Though I suppose it serves a good purpose during the winter; that being as a ground cover for the perennials. Those dried stalks you see sticking out of the ground are hostas.
After clearing out that area, we were then rewarded by the beautiful sight of lilies starting to poke out of the ground.
Brian also started to rake all the dried pine needles and leaves out from under the arborvitaes in the back yard.
Today, I went around the entire yard and cut back all the perennial stalks...hostas, purple coneflower, sedum, phlox.
I marveled at all that was blooming already. The lilac bush...
Chives in the herb garden....
The tiny beginnings of hydrangea. I didn't cut this bush back. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to. I'll do a Google search.
After cutting back the sedum and digging out dead, wet leaves with my hands, I was thrilled to find that the cabbage-like sprouts were under all that decomposition.
Do you think I should uncover the patio furniture and get it set up? :-)
Because we would never get a snowstorm in March or even April, right? ;-)