Yesterday was a glorious day.
After weeks of unpleasant weather and a gray morning, the sun came out, my spirits lifted, and I received a shot of energy to get out into the garden. I spent a good two hours cleaning up the last two beds in my back garden. Dead leaves and debris were removed, weeds (bless their little hearts!) pulled, ‘Anthony Waterer’ spireas trimmed, several heucheras and my one heucherella cleaned, and the two ‘Midnight Marvel’ hibiscus cut down.
I gave the liriope in the beds a haircut, at least that which the rabbits had not already done for me. I still have more to trim along the side and front foundation beds, but it’s now down to a manageable chore. I think I can get that task completed before the liriope begins to put up its new growth. Perhaps I can persuade my grandson to give me a hand.
The Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’ suffered a good deal of frost damage, so I cut it back to healthy stems. This is the first winter I have had ‘Blackbird’ in my garden, so I’m eager to see how it will come back.
The other euphorbia, ‘Ascot Rainbow,’ appears untouched, and I am pleased to note a number of new shoots originating at the base. There are three ‘Ascot Rainbows’ in the garden now, and all have weathered the winter without visible damage. It should be obvious that I do like their foliage as a contrast among the many greens in the garden.
The toughest job was cutting back the muhly grass, tough because of the stoop labor required. The ones at the edge of the borders were not difficult at all, but trimming the two in the interior was awkward. I was quite careful where my feet were planted so as to avoid mashing the bulbs and other plants in the area. It led to some strained positions. There’s a lesson there about placing plants in a border without thinking about the full year long requirements for care.
I pruned the ‘Henryii’ clematis back to new buds that were showing. Three other clematis did not do so well last year, so I cut them back almost to the ground to see if that will rejuvenate them to put out new growth from the base. I did see several new shoots starting to come up already.
I am pleased with the way the Carex ‘Evergold’ and the heucheras have come through the winter. It is particularly pleasing to see the heucheras doing well. They do not like wet feet, and I was anticipating losing a number of them because of the heavy rainfall we have experienced over the winter.
I finished the day tired…but happy. My Arranger and I shared a cup of tea on the screened porch. It was the first time this year we were able to sit comfortably on the porch; the thermometer there read 71F…and that is in the shade! I would like to give myself a pat on the back for a good day’s effort….but I would really prefer a rejuvenated lower back
It was indeed a glorious day.