|The creek through the back yard is full up and flowing fast.|
But as most people in the northern half of the country have noticed, this is not a typical winter, so far, at least. We’ve had a couple inches of rain in the last few days and the temperatures for more than a week have been stuck in the 50-degree range. The normal temperature this time of year is a high of 35 degrees and a low of 19.
|I never did get around to cutting down the monarda this fall, a job I like to do to keep the reseeding to a minimum. Look how green the grass is!|
The ground is not yet frozen (or really, even thinking about it). The grass is greener than it usually is in early June. And the creek through our back yard is flowing at the same rate we see during big spring thaws. I can’t say I’m unhappy about any of it. Winter will come soon enough and there will be plenty of it.
|It actually is pretty, just strange to see it this time of year.|
The other day I was walking through the back yard and noticed a nasty weed in the garden. Without a thought, I just leaned over and pulled it out. Satisfied with the full root now in my hand, I came to the crazy realization that I’m certain it is the first weed I’ve ever pulled in December. Since then, I’ve noticed many other weeds in the garden standing out as bright green in a see of brown, all waiting to be pulled or thrive where they are. I should be out there pulling them.
Of course I’m busy with other things: Christmas shopping and baking and wrapping and decorating and partying. But as I was doing those things this weekend, I had that nagging guilt that sneaks up on a gardener who is neglecting a less-than-thrilling job that needs doing.
|Just a little sneak peek of one of the containers.|
As I finished up the outdoor decorations (photos to follow when it dries out a little) this weekend, I couldn’t help but think that if I put down the garland and instead put on my gardening gloves and got out there with my soil knife, I’d be a big leg up on the spring gardening duties. Oh well, old habits died hard.
How’s the weather where you are? Any gardening jobs that you really should be doing but have been pushing off for more seasonal duties?