Here are a few things I've been working on to help pass the winter:
The pond is probably the best looking part of the yard, front or back, right now. But the ground has settled quite a bit on the right side and I decided this would be a good time to build up a small bed along the side. You can see the back side of the edgers here, I still need to add quite a bit of soil. Then those poor Primroses might actually get planted. To the right of the Heuchera above I was finally able to get a very stubborn plant out that had seeded itself there a few years ago. I think I will add another Geranium 'Rozanne' there.
Next to that new bed area, I pulled out some very woody and overgrown Heucheras. These had been here many years and were long past looking good. Now I have made room for all sorts of new plants!
I cut back all the Hellebores in this corner and under the Sword fern I found a nice big rock that had been completely covered. Yes, that's a gnome in my garden and I'm not ashamed to admit it.
Another thing I did was to hang this owl bell, it cost all of $5! I wish we'd see some real owls here.
I also scour the yard on a regular basis looking for signs of spring. In this entry bed there is lots of Muscari foliage, and tulips and crocus are just poking through.
As I walked toward the back gate I spotted the tiniest sign of life, a teensy Snowdrop! I planted these the fall before last and barely had any come up so seeing this one tiny guy made me especially happy.
I will keep trying to be patient, but it's hard!All words and photos in this post are property of A Gardener in Progress.