During my first spring workday in the garden this weekend, my perennial garden received a major cleanup and haircut. It looks quite barren but for the snowdrops, crocus and the green tips of daffodils poking up. Cutting back the grasses is the hard part. I’ve enjoyed their taupy forms all winter and now they look a bit like stumps. Over the years I have figured out the easiest way (quickest cleanup) to cut them back is to tie up all the grassy blades with a bungy cord and use my hedge trimmers to cut the bundle in one level sweep. On the Highline garden in NYC the crews have been working since the last snow melted and the first little species tulips (Tulipa turkestanica) are blooming among these grassy “stumps”.
Maybe soon, looking at this image of some lonely snowdrops. Although, had I photographed the crowds eating gelato in the sun this past weekend it would sure seem Spring has “sprouted”.
In New Jersey we always claim February the longest month of the year and this first of March brings hope of green grass and spring blooms. Here in Munich the snow can last well into April and possibly May. But that doesn’t mean spring fever cannot be celebrated on the first days to reach double-digit temperatures (celsius). Even the garden centers are participating by stocking lots of forced bulbs and frost-resistant blooms like Helleborus and Primula. So let’s celebrate the beginning of the gardening season today and ironically, the anniversary of this blog.