For the last couple of days, temperatures reached into the 60s. It tells you something about our winter that snow remains in the shady areas,
but a large swath of lawn is finally out from under the white stuff! Scooter knows what to do. Sunbathe.
Lucky dog. This weekend, I had other things to attend to. The barns got a good cleaning and an airing out.
It’s not yet time to do the thorough spring cleaning, but on Saturday I took stock of what needs to be done now that the long and snowy winter is over.
Some plants will need tender loving care. Branches broke under the weigh of the snow. Mice ate bark. But the climbing hydrangea is astoundingly vigorous and sturdy. I clip it back several times a year, if I didn’t it would overwhelm the Little Barn and even lift the shingles from the walls.
This is the first plant to show signs of spring life.
Looking closely, it revealed a secret from last summer.
I had no idea that birds had made a home in its branches.
I’ll clear this nest out, prune the plant, and wait to see who moves in this spring.