Mother Nature is being kind to us this year, although I keep thinking she is just waiting to spring Winter on us. At least at this point, it won’t last too long if it does show up!
I decided to get some stuff done with the plants, mainly the potted plants, last Monday. They have been sitting in the garage all winter, and with temperatures expected in the 70s, it would just be cruel to keep them bundled up and hidden away.
I unwrapped them and there was already, or still, green on the plants.
(notice the Minnesota Vikings can at the top of the picture? My husband, a Bears Fan, said he was a die-hard Vikings Fan during the Purple People Eater’s era)
The mums are already feeling the Spring fever!
Some of the other plants look good to start Spring, too!
Most of the herbs look like they made it through… the oregano doesn’t look the best, but the purple sage, rosemary and thyme look pretty good.
The succulents in the boots are ready for some sun.
And the Hen and chicks made it through, too.
I dragged most of them to the back patio so they can green up a little more and I can make sure they will actually survive.
I slung out, then folded, the blankets and towels that I used to wrap all the plants. Then I swept out the garage and watered the potted plants.
That didn’t take long and it was still way too nice to head inside. Sooooo…. I went to the bed surrounding our Mountain Ash and started clearing out the leaves that had collected there, including around the irises. It was pretty damp under the leaves, so I am glad I cleared the leaves out before the iris rhizomes started to rot.
Our Sven and Sigrid roses did not get covered for the winter. No protection whatsoever, at least from me. And they look pretty good!
As a matter of fact, Sigrid already has some growth on her!
While cleaning out the old leaves, I came across a few areas that had some ladybugs. Not the orange Asian beetles that bite, but the red ones that I want to stick around. There are a lot of varieties of ladybugs, but I will be happy to have the red ones in my garden.
I told them they could eat all the aphids they want!
The sedum is pushing up rapidly, so I cut off last year’s growth.
A lot of stuff is shooting up with this heat, so I have a lot more to do this afternoon!