NOTHING FEELS RIGHT AT THE MOMENT, with incomprehensible news from Japan, but enough snow melted that I finally just grabbed a rake yesterday and went outside to work while grappling with all the thoughts. When I confessed that on Facebook, a reader there reminded me of the Shaker wisdom, “Hands to work, hearts to God,” and I am grateful to her for that guidance. From a check of the deer fence to the first cutbacks, here’s what got started:
I gently raked debris off areas that were dry enough, starting right near the house where I’ll notice my signs of progress most.
I started cutting back evergreen groundcovers like hellebores, European ginger (above, ready for its haircut), epimediums.
Next up will be ornamental grasses…and in a small gesture of hope, I think I’ll plant the peas and spinach.
All these pre-spring chores are explained in detail here.