Classes are over for the semester, weather is perfect–I spent all morning and half of the afternoon outside. Had to put my bug jacket on for awhile but that’s OK. First thing I did was spend an hour fixing the horse pasture fence. While doing that I was accompanied by a beautiful rose-breasted grosbeak which sat on a branch near me and preened itself. No singing, but it was sure lovely.
Later, in the garden, I worked on the front yard. I raked off the layer of leaves, removed stalks of last year’s phlox, peonies, and hostas, and weeded the whole thing. I took photos but I don’t have those uploaded yet. Here are some pictures from a few days ago. David covered the remaining patch of grass at the top of the front yard with newspaper and hay. We plan to plant hostas there.
The bumble bees are out and are enjoying the pulmonaria blossoms.
Since I was wicked busy this past week, David got a lot more done in the garden than I did. He took his tractor and back-blade and scraped the accumulated old hay and horse manure from the barnyard and made piles–these will compost and shrink and eventually turn into garden soil! That’s Casey with his head buried in the hay bale!
The early, short red tulips I got from Colorblends are up, and looking great.
The bleeding heart and monarda are sprouted–now that the temperature is up everything is, actually. Spring is here for sure!