That seems to be what Winter is telling Spring. The other day, I heard tiny, fluttering taps at the front door. It was not, in fact, Spring - but swans. It seems the sun had warmed the bricks long enough to entice our swans to nest on the threshold. While not exactly a groundhog, I thought this a harbinger I could trust. Returning from work, David refused to step over the boys. Hiking through drifts around to the back, he fell in a heap of snow - or more accurately a heap of David. Spring can't come soon enough.
It may not look like it, but right now is the best time to improve your garden. Why? Because only the bones are visible. Winter is the truest test of a garden. If all you have is a hill of mulch where a mass of perennials once stood - stand back and think about what it would take to bring that bed alive during this season. It may be evergreen shrubs. You may want a low stone wall to edge the bed. Even a bird house on a post won't vanish when it's inhabitants fly south. Now is the time to see - really see - what didn't desert you. Arbors, fencing, sheds, raised beds, evergreen trees and shrubs, and densely branched deciduous specimens don't go away for the season. If you don't have enough "keepers" to make it feel like a garden right now, jot down some things that will make you feel like a gardener this time, next year.
I really hope you can join me for 45 minutes of lively instruction this Spring!
Wednesday, March 26th at, 6:30 PM
Making Gifts from the Garden
4321 Oklemos Rd, Okemos Michigan.
Tuesday, April 15th at 6:15
Creating a Continuous Succession of Bloom
201 Pennsylvania Ave, Leslie, Michigan
For tickets, please contact Capital Area DIstrict Libraries - www.cadl.org