Cut, cut cut.
The time of allowing standing grasses and perennials for winter interest is over…
…The imperative is rising from the cold, frozen earth.
Mulch where things were cut with soil conditioner, composted manure and/or pea gravel as needed.
Compost what was cut.
(Someone had better address the compost bin contents soon).
Look for bulbs emerging from the cleaned up spaces, for the thrill of discovery.
Take photos of the prettiest spots if any can be located.
(You always forget to cut the blood grass in the trough.)
Go around with the cute little clipboard bought at Lockwood Nursery in Buffalo during the 2010 Blogger Meetup and a pencil and write down any ideas that come to mind whilst strolling with thoughtful intent.
If none of the above can be accomplished right now, sometimes the weather gods are just not in the mood for us to garden outside, enjoy the beauty that winter has to offer.