Time for Spring Clean-Up
For the past two weeks, I’ve been eyeing my Gettysburg, Pennsylvania garden and wondering if it was time to get out and clean up the debris from last year’s garden season. It’s a bit earlier than I would normally do this task; but winter has been largely a non-event here this year, and the foliage of spring bulbs has been poking up through the old leaves and stems. I decided that, if the weather cooperated, this would be my clean-up weekend. Not only did the sun come out yesterday, but when I looked out, I could see the purple buds of the first crocus flowers about to open. It was definitely time for spring clean-up!
When I headed out to the garden after lunch, the sun was shining, the temperature was near 60F, and the only hint of early March was a strong west wind. I always enjoy this task; not only does it provide a chance to get outside on a nice day, but you get the gratification of seeing the garden waking up from its winter dormancy. An added bonus in my Gettysburg garden is that spring clean-up can be done very quickly here. This is a tiny garden with one miniscule flower bed, three very small flower beds, and one small flower bed; the entire job was done in an hour and a half.
Before clean-up, old stems and soggy, spent leaves were a prominent feature in the garden.
And, of course, those beautiful first crocus flowers.
There is still spring work to be done in this garden. A number of overgrown plants need to be thinned or divided, and several plants need to be moved. But it is still too soon for those activities. I’ll save them for some mild, sunny April day when I need a good excuse to be out in the garden.