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Spring is here…well, almost. In the Pacific Northwest the rainy season is still in full-swing, but there are a few hints of spring emerging nevertheless.
Yesterday, I conducted my first walk-through of the year to see how my green friends weathered the winter months–and also to see if my slimy friends have made their annual return. (Slugs are the bane of my March existence.)
I caught glimpses of Hellebore, Pulmonaria, Primrose, Vinca, Camelia and Mountain Laurel blooming, and many others are beginning to bud. The trees did a great job of dropping leaves and branches, which I was able to rake and use as mulch to prevent unwelcome weeds from popping up in the coming weeks.
I love spring. Daylight lingers a bit longer each day, the birds have resumed their chattering, and even neighbors are spending more time outside.
Seattle Tilth, a non-profit organization whose mission is to “inspire and educate people to safeguard our natural resources while building an equitable and sustainable local food system” developed a maritime northwest garden guide that has been a valuable resource for me. (Thanks Rae Rome!) Each month, it features a seasonal “to do” list along with other relevant garden tips.
I’m looking forward to the return of sunshine and long hikes!