More of the crocuses are coming up! I am so excited! They are such a nice shot of color in our front garden, right by the driveway:
I am looking forward to more :)
I also got a decent pict of the daffs that are starting to do their thing:
I think I am going to add more early spring bulbs to the garden in the fall...they are just so wonderful, aren't they?
The hellbores are really looking great this season. I must say patience pays off with these and I am looking forward to years of them getting bigger and naturalizing:
We have been whittling away at the giant mulch pile and have finished the side drive and due to the fact that we have PLENTY left, I decided to put it around the veggie beds to eliminate the need for mowing back there:
I had great help as well! My huuby did quite a bit as well as my wondrful MIL, who was in town this weekend.
I really had no idea how BIG the pile was...it really feels like, the more we move, the more there is...but, it is coming in very handy!
Once we get it all moved, hubby will start going to get me the compost from the city to fill in the veggie beds.
All the first signs of spring are just around the corner in my garden and I am loving it! I have been able to get out in the garden a fair amount lately. It is much easier to take the kids out now that the weather is a bit warmer.
We have mostly been working on spreading the giant pile of mulch and sprinkling pine straw over the beds. My next door neighbor has a front yard full of pine trees and they rake it into mounding piles around the trunks. So, they have given me permission to use some for my beds. So, I filled up the wheelbarrow and got some spreading done:
I just love the look of fresh pinestraw. I got a good bit covered. I didn't have enough to do all the beds, but they have a good covering of leaves, so they are in good shape. Its not in the budget to purchase pine straw this year, but I think this will do (especially since last year the beds got a very good thick layer).
We also took some time to look for the latest signs of spring. one of which is our crocus patch. funny thing.. the first year i had them and they bloomed, every one bloomed and it was a beautiful little patch of color. then, last year, all the foliage came up, but only one bloomed. Well, same thing happened this year. And, its the same one that bloomed. Very strange.
The daffodils have just started blooming and most of the plants are showing first signs of buds and growth.
Since we are still having cooler weather, I thought I would put out some cool season veggie seeds that I had left over. So, I put out kale, parsley, lettuce and chinese cabbage - just in one bed...hope we get something from it.
I am also putting my plans together in my brain for the veggie garden this year. I know for sure that the center bed will be turned into another perennial veggie bed. i am going to put out artichoke and poppy seeds this year. Artichokes are pernnial for us and I am counting on the poppies to self seed every year. In the other beds will go varieties of beans, tomatoes, eggplants, marigolds, nastursums and basils.
I am also thinking that the mulch that I have left over will go in between the veggie beds...I am getting tired of mowing that obstacle course- LOL!
I got most of the grass picked up from the big trim the other day. Such a messy job and I don't think there is one way to do it that is better. Last year I tied the grasses up and then cut with a scissor, which took FOREVER, but was very tidy. This year hubby took the hedge trimmer attachment on the weedeater and chopped them all down. Very quick, but VERY messy!
Here are a few shots of the front yard after I picked up the majority of it:
I am hoping that a good windy storm will do the rest of the work for me - HAH!
Once I give it some time, I will go back with a light covering of pine straw to "clean" it up a bit.
I also pruned back the camelia:
I know the landscape pickup workers will love me...they always do :)
Sometime later this week I will divide some of the larger clumps of miscanthus to put back by the creek. Nice and low mainenance for back there.
And finally, a shot of the front yard as seen from my front porch today: