Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Late Winter 2016

With the warmer temperatures, I have been getting out and tackling early Spring tasks in the garden. Of course stick patrol is high on my list at this time of year just to tidy up my property. Second I have been cutting back perennials such as Liriope and ornamental grasses. I also do careful pruning of last years’ foliage on perennials such as Hellebore and evergreen ferns so as not to damage the new foliage coming up. Like most of us, I am ready for Spring. I am seeing a few signs though, so Spring is not that far away. I also had a brief show of color on some crocus and also several clumps of daffodil foliage peaking up in our big perennial bed in front. It also seems that as the temperatures rise above 45 degrees birds of all stripes start making themselves known by their songs. It is quite the happy sight when large numbers of Robins frolic in the shallows of the pond making it really seem like Spring.    

 Nature was kind to us in that the 24” of snow in January was gone in a relatively few days. Within 10 days the only trace was mountainous piles in the corner of parking lots. These will take some time to melt away. Since then we have been having a really up and down Winter, temperature wise. A few days of cold followed by several days of warmer weather has made it difficult for the body to adapt to the cold. Oh those heat bills!

I know that there is still a lot of Winter left and mother nature tends to remind us of this pretty sharply. So give it time and Winter will be done and Spring will be here and we can all start another spring season. Happy gardening!