|The forlorn vegetable garden|
This is a snow crocus that was blooming in my garden on January 31, WAY too early. The same day saw several snowdrops blooming, but evidently I forgot to take pictures of those little white beauties.
I've been a little concerned, not so much for the spring bulbs, but I have tree peonies which are beginning to unfurl their leaves....not good if we get a prolonged cold snap. I'll probably lose the cherry crop this year as well, I often do if there is a late frost. I had no crop last year.
I have much to catch up on in the garden. The fall was busy and I wasn't up to par, not that I am now. I managed to get the front pretty well taken care of, but my back yard gardens are full of things which need cutting down, and leaving them harbors more insects and some fungal and viral diseases. I'm thinking mostly of the daylilies and iris....I did cut back most of peonies, another chore which must be done or risk botrytis blight.
I prefer clean up rather than using sprays, although some things I leave in the garden to have winter interest, like my grasses and my sedums.
This horrible mess though was a complete loss....I planted rather half-heartedly last year, but I did put things in my raised beds and just beyond..but I wasn't able to garden in the summer...the chemo just took too much out of me. The year before was somewhat the same.
The only solace I am able to take is that these over grown weeds are home and shelter to lots of birds. Mostly sparrows, juncos and finches at this time of year, but this summer wrens found it great too. Hopefully, I'll be able to clean it up soon and this year I hope to have a decent garden....either that, or I'll put it all back to lawn again.