Spring is always a whirlwind. Here are some things I’ve been doing lately in my 2-year-old garden.
- Feeling grateful and extremely lucky that the previous owner of this land planted trees decades ago, and now I get to live with them.
- Planting young trees, looking forward to watching them grow, and thinking about how — if all goes well — another person will be enjoying them after I am gone.
- Admiring some of my groundcovers that have already spread enough to make a noticeable impact, including creeping horehound (Marrubium rotundifolium), curlicue sage (Artemisia versicolor ‘Seafoam’), pussytoes (Antennaria varieties), catmint (Nepeta), and Angelina sedum.
- Delighting in the surprise of new bulbs planted last fall.
- Noticing what resources my land produces that I can use. For instance, fallen pine needles make excellent mulch, holding warmth and moisture around new young plants that are borderline hardy here, like winter savory (Satureja montana).
- Adding more of the plants — from penstemons to pinion pines — that seemed to settle in quickly and grow well over the last year.
- Marveling at the worms I find each time I raise a shovel full of leaf-smothered lawn.
- Welcoming a frog (same one? new one? not sure) back to the pond after a year with no frog.
- Falling more in love with this place.