Saturday, February 22, 2014

New Life in the Garden, Rhubarb, Chives and Spearmint

Rhubarb leaves unfurling, Feb. 22, 2014

Chives, Feb. 22, 2014

Spearmint buds, Feb. 22, 2014

It's February 22, I played nurse maid yesterday.  Howard had hernia surgery yesterday and is recovering from that, he's mostly just sleeping.  I've heard it is quick turn around, yeh!!!   Knowing him, he'll be back to work on Monday.

It's not raining today so I headed into the garden for a bit, to see what might be happening.  There are plenty of signs of new life.  Little perennials and bulbs are budding back up from the ground (rhubarb, spearmint, chives, hyacinth, violets) and there are a few little flowers;  a primrose and a little shrub (I forget the name, something like soccocara, tiny flowers smell very pretty).  They all give the promise that spring is right around the corner.  In my assessings of what are there and what may be missing, I'm thinking this year I would like to add winter interest plants for next year.  I think it may help with the doldrums I tend to feel this time of year.  They can be used to add structure and interesting bark and berries, maybe some winter flowering plants (ooh, maybe pussy willow, witch-hazel, or fothergilla, and I have yet to plant me a Japanese Maple, I love those, and there are so many to choose from). 

My hand has been gimped up just about all this winter, I'm thinking due to overwork in the gardens last spring and summer.  I'm just sure when the sun comes back and I can soak up the vitamin D, it'll be just fine.

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