Call me desperate, and I won't argue with you. I'm just a Mid-Atlantic gardener unaccustomed to months at a time without being able to work in the garden. Colder climate gardeners will surely accuse me of whining, or worse, but I've just getting this off my chest. My indoors-for-too-damn-long chest, and general corpus, too.
So when it got into the 40s and I noticed something that actually needed to be done? Heaven! After a blessed hour of clean-up, these grasses were no longer falling down into the street and onto the sidewalk. And now that I can see daffodils and bluebells popping up in the hellstrip garden, I know we're on the verge of all hell breaking loose in the spring garden. Spring here is intense. You might even call it severe.
With the grass-pruning done, I turn to the raking, of which there's lots still to be done. In my woodland garden it's a big job every year, but a work-out that accomplishes something is the best kind, right?
Warmer temperatures have also prompted emails from new garden-coaching clients, who seem to all want eco-friendly, low-maintenance yet gorgeous gardens – fabulous! And the more hideous their gardens are now, the better to produce gasp-producing before-and-after comparisons.
So while I still get excited about the new season in my garden, what's in store for these enthusiastic newbies is far more exciting. I just hope they remember to take the ugly "before" shots.