For months this winter my yard and gardens were under deep snow. Much of it has melted away to reveal a dense mat of wet leaves which needs to be raked away so that the grass can grow. I walked around the soggy yard today to see how much work I have. The short answer is: alot.
Although the winter landscape looked bleak, it was a boon for little creatures. Mice built a network of tunnels in the snow
where they were protected from predators and found much to eat. Like my roses.
I let the boys join me while I did some outside chores. Caper went right to his favorite rosebush to sneak a nibble, which he found, to his great disappointment, had already been nibbled to death by mice.
Pip looked for those delicious sunflowers that he remembered from last year and fared better than Caper. They weren’t edible, but a stalk is a perfect scratching post.
I always overdo it on the first warm gardening day. I raked, I trimmed, I pruned. I now have a heating pad on my back. I should go sit down and look through a plant catalog. I’ll be needing some new roses.