Poised for Spring

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February teased Spokane with spring-like temperatures in the start and much more snow and cold in the center.   A number of my hellebore buds turned into brown mush after temperatures plummeted from almost 60 degrees Fahrenheit down to zero.   March feels like a regular Spokane spring:   nevertheless cold but nearly pleasant once the sun is out and the end is slow.

This year I am expecting to do a much better job of assessing the fluctuations in my garden throughout the seasons, so that I moved outside and took a lot of photographs of the backyard in its present bare state.

An ‘Otto Luyken’ laurel, ‘ ‘Blue Star’ juniper, ‘ ‘Green Velvet’ boxwood and ‘Green Tower’ boxwood provide the only colour in this photo of backyard.

The west backyard is clean and ready for expansion.   A fresh layer of composted bark penalties makes everything seem more tidy.

This is the west side of the garden path.   This season I left lots of the dropped crabapple and lilac leaves set up below a thin coating of this composted bark penalties.   Decomposing leaves may add valuable organic substance into the backyard, but I am not positive whether they will break down nicely during our dryer summers.   So it is an experiment.

The northwest corner is a continuous work in progress. My most recent plan is to eliminate the ‘Invincibelle Spirit’ hydrangeas (now cut into the floor) out of either side of the arbor across the fencing and plant more ‘Green Mountain’ boxwoods rather than   The boxwoods will undoubtedly be reduced upkeep and earn an appealing, appropriately-scaled background for this particular area year-round.

The summer that the key sunny backyard bed is going to be full of dahlias, lilies, agastache and Russian sage if all goes according to plan.

that I really like sitting at the NE corner seat and looking west in this particular view.

The swing group is becoming an upgrade this season.   We are replacing the small swings with one enormous bench swing which is more comfy for elderly folks like me.   There were a few protests in my son (who really has not spent much time swinging), however the remainder of the household will find more use from the seat.

This is the east coast mattress.   A month from today this will be dealt with in green, and six months from today it’ll be filled with tall perennials.   For the time being, the backyard and I’m poised for spring up.

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