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MELTING … Melting … melting

April 5, 2018

snow melting 2018As March has turned into April, the snow is steadily melting and garden beds are reappearing. This is the first sign of spring’s arrival in my part of the world. We have now reached the tipping point when there is more bare ground than snow cover, and the snow pack that remains is mostly thin and easily melted. Even when temperatures are below freezing, the spring sun is strong enough to melt snow. Sometimes I wake up in the morning to find that areas that were snow covered at bedtime are now bare.

I can get out and begin spring clean-up in parts of the garden that are now snow-free – flower beds like the Serenity Garden, Serenity Garden clear 2018
B&Y clear 2018 … the Blue and Yellow Border,
… and the Lavender Walk. Lavender Walk clear 2018

Other areas, like the Fragrant Garden and the Fence Border, are very close to being free of snow and will soon be ready for my attention.

Fragrant Garden melting Fence Border melting2018
Deck Border snow 2018 The northeast-facing Fence Border, which is in the shadow of the house for most of the day and is also the depository for snow shoveled from the deck and the roof, is usually the last area of the garden to emerge.
But as the snow melts, new green growth appears.  The Blues Border, which is in a protected spot between the foundation and the steps to the front door, is showing not only new green shoots of Siberian iris, but even the first nubs of new hosta growth. new growth hosta
foundation crocuses Along the foundation, crocus Pickwick’ has bloomed, and is providing forage for the first bees of spring.

Pickwick with bee

8 Comments leave one →
  1. janesmudgeegarden permalink
    April 5, 2018 5:10 pm

    Goodness, you’ve had to wait a long time for spring! It will be lovely to see those borders come to life- for me as well as you!

    • April 15, 2018 9:29 pm

      Jane, As we northern gardeners know, waiting so long for spring makes it all the sweeter when it finally gets here.

  2. April 5, 2018 10:06 pm

    That’s exciting! Spring’s arrival is much sneakier here. All of a sudden, you look around and realize it’s here.

    • April 15, 2018 9:30 pm

      Kris, It’s winter’s overstaying its welcome that is sneaky here. Just when you think it’s finally gone, it stages a rear-guard attack.

  3. debsgarden permalink
    April 5, 2018 10:33 pm

    Hi Jean, it is wonderful to see signs of spring in your corner of the world! It must be extra welcome after such a long, snowy winter. I love your blue crocus. By the way, your remodeled home and garden look great, even under a layer of snow! Best wishes for a beautiful new gardening season!

    • April 15, 2018 9:32 pm

      Deb, This has been dubbed “the winter that refuses to leave” by a local news anchor. Those crocus blooms have provided reassurance that it really is on its way out the door — albeit with lots of delays.

  4. April 24, 2018 8:19 am

    Hello Jean, the change must be dramatic after so long with snow cover. It looks like you’ve done a lot of clearing already and are waiting for the spring flowers to make a show.

  5. May 4, 2018 6:00 pm

    Pickwick is worth waiting for.

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