This is the kind of March day we have been waiting for. No longer frigid, the wood anemone flowers are open and look happy. Today was perfect for getting out there in the garden. Ed started the morning working on removing the trees and brush under the electric wires. I decided to work close to the house. The sky was blue with a few fluffy white clouds, but the wind was blowing pretty hard from the south. I looked for a spot to work that was a little sheltered from the wind.
Ready for something different, Ed cut back one clump of the Siberian Iris . This one is Lavender Bounty. We leave the dead foliage in place for its insulative value during winter. Removing it now before new growth appears avoids the disappointment of cutting off new growth tips. When he was working on the Roaring Jelly plants he discovered the beginnings of a rabbit nest in the crown of the plant. If that bunny is smart she will move on and build her nest elsewhere. When it comes to rabbits Ed roots for Mr. McGregor while I'm a softy, but even I have my limits! No rabbit is welcome in the garden but baby bunnies are a particular nuisance. They can slip right through my wire fencing. Nothing is safe from their meal time.
I had a fabulous time clearing under the Clove Currant bushes. Wild white asters really took over this bed. The plants are still there. They are a
After lunch and a short nap, Ed and I both headed back outside. Clouds had moved in but it was still too nice to stay inside. First, Ed drove to the back to clean out the rest of the bluebird boxes. Having seen a pair of bluebirds house hunting, that job could be put off no longer. I worked removing the stems from red bee balm. It's fragrance filled the air while I worked. Wow it's good to be back in the garden! When he returned we both worked on the bed in front of the house.
Ed's work displaced the first snake of the season. It was a small garter snake with a bright red tongue. He was not happy. Clearly Ed was between him and where he wanted to go. When Ed moved away we both watched in amazement as the snake disappeared down a small space between the house foundation and the stone path. I will be watching for him since he has distinctive markings just behind his head. It will be neat to see how much he grows if he manages to avoid the milk snakes that live here too!
We worked until we were both very tired and spent some time sitting on the bench together. Tomorrow is another day. We are off to a fantastic start!