Tulips, and Daffodils, and Crocuses . . . Oh My!

30 Apr

So the Liard River break-up happened during the wee sma’s of Friday morning, and I missed it because I was out of town.  Actually, everyone in Fort Liard missed it, too.  Apparently, it all happened so quietly and gently, nobody knows when it happened.  Michael said he woke up on Friday morning and there was no ice left at all.

So my thoughts now turn to my garden, where my tulips and daffodils have made great leaps over the past few days.  I don’t have any blooms yet, but they must be getting close.  The little hill where I planted my crocuses (in a nod to the naturalized crocuses on Parliament Hill) was one of the last areas of the yard to peel off its blanket of snow, so it may be a few days before I see them peeping out.  I have my work cut out for me tidying up the flowerbeds.  There are the old dead snapdragons that I left in, hoping some of the seeds would fall and I’d spontaneously get more this year, and last year’s lilies that have to be clipped down, and the dead leaves I used as mulch (or did those just fall there?) that have to be cleaned out of the Snow-in-the-Summer and the phlox, both of which are already turning green.  I just can’t wait to get my hands dirty!

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