That didn't mean I didn't do periodic 'walk-arounds' in the gardens this Winter. There were a few sad moments. Bunnies have been busy, wreaking havoc again. (You would think I learn?!) They chewed through the 'bunny fence' protecting the Golden Privet and the Japanese Willow, then nipped all the branches off the former and stripped the bark off the latter. They added "insult to injury", by leaving 'organic evidence' of their frequent visits (besides foot prints in the snow).
Here is a quick collage of the my winter wanderings (double click to enlarge the photo):
|Late Winter Beauty & Bunny 'Anarchy'|
Though we are still running 10-20 degrees below normal, today was a breezy but tolerable 57F. I spent a few hours cutting back the prairie grasses and 'dusty bones' of dead plant stalks from the Pink Guara, Monarda and Daylilies. Underneath all the debris were the little lime green nibs of "Banana Creme" Shasta Daisies (Yay! "Year 2" victory), Crimson Asiatic Lilies, various Daylilies, Hollyhock, Monarda, Rudbeckia and Pink Guara.
Now, I am finally feeling the 'garden vibe' I was desperately looking for. Last year at this time, we had freakishly warm March weather - with temperatures in the low 80's. Farmers were in the fields by April 10th (unheard of, normally). This year I hear we are trailing about 2 weeks behind 'normal'. As I ward off the Spring chill wrapped in a blanket, I'll head off and catch up with my 'garden blog friends' to see how your gardens grow.
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