After the frenzy of family and fun as one year turns into the next, a gardener’s eyes, and the to-do list turn to the garden. It can be overwhelming, all that needs doing. The fact that each year the bulbs that are planted far and wide across the landscaped slope emerge earlier puts even more pressure on getting right to it.
While the winter interest is peaking, with swaying golden grasses and the luscious leaves of dark green hellebores looking almost tropical amid colorful Heucheras, Ajuga, Dianthus and the brilliant mosses, there is change afoot. Daffodils, hyacinths, crocus and others are peeking up out of the soil, ready or not.
Everywhere I look, there are cuts crying out to be made. Where to start? Looking back at the garden journal entries for earliest January, 2012 and 2011, we see that the place to begin cutting is where the first bulbs will not only appear, but soon be in bloom, the crocus and rock garden iris growing in the lower Gravel Garden.
The bearded look was allowed one year, click here to read about that, and was deemed unacceptable so the hand driven hedge trimmers will set upon this task.