I swear if we didn't have such ridiculous weather, we'd have nothing to talk about. Case in point, in March in this part of the world we are supposed to have 20% of our snowfall. If you remember my gorgeous snowy shots from February, you would be quite right in assuming that the only thing we'd be able to see would be the neighbour's roof to the right. Instead, we've had weather as warm as 16C (60ish F) for several days, combined with rain. And this is what my little back garden looks like. Not pretty. I've been so tempted to get out with a rake and move the leaves off, but when I poke about a bit, or try to move a plant tag - still find the ground is frozen about 3 inches down.
Anyway, just had to get out yesterday and do something - it is an official Canadian sin to waste any shirtsleeve day in March. I know that 60F isn't exactly balmy for many folks, but for us and for this time of the year - it's about 4 degrees away from jumping in the car to go find a beach.
As a bit of background, my back garden is long and skinny - about 75 feet x 18 feet. Most of the garden beds are on the side yard of the house. I designed this garden to accommodate my Saint puppy Agatha, who in my old garden took a shine to my Japanese maple and every dogwood I had. It took her about 6 weeks to completely and gingerly munch her way around the bark of the show-stopping maple under the cover of the canopy of dark red leaves. Thank goodness that St. Bernard puppies are exceptionally cute.
This design solution gave her an area of pea gravel (Kevin also set up a lounge chair next to the bird bath so she could rest and have a nice cool drink) and I had my collection of plants. Dear girl is gone now, but it's great to have an area to accommodate visiting friends and their animals.While nothing with roots can really be fiddled with or raked over at this time of year for fear of murdering them - the pea gravel and stone are fair game. Yes, I know I'll have to repeat all of this when I rake the stuff from the beds out, but it was so nice to be out in the garden and it does give me a lift to see it looking a little tidier.And just as well that I had a fit of energy yesterday as today is a day of slow - picked up Kevin's cold - looking a little Rudolphesque - not my best look, but will just stay away from the mirror and duct tape a box of Kleenex to my hip. Tomorrow the repair man comes for the ovens; Saturday is Canada Blooms; and the sun is shining, all in all, except for the sniffles, it's a pretty good day.