It was the perfect day to sneak outside mid-afternoon and get into the garden.
All the dead stems and seed pods that were left up to provide so-called ‘winter interest’ were looking pretty poorly and the garden was in need of a new look for spring; specifically a very short haircut. In about forty minutes I was able to rake matted leaves out of one large bed in front of the house, and cut back all the straggly perennial stalks from last season. It was good timing. All the bulbs I planted around here were just starting to break through the ground, but just barely. They probably didn’t enjoy being stepped on but I don’t think they are tall enough to be permanently resentful of footprints.
This photo is the “after” shot. To see this same view before its makeover, click on any of the NW Philadelphia tabs.