I've taken my sniff-ly & sorry self on a few neighborhood walks with the kiddos; stretching sore limbs and relishing the feeling of sunshine on my skin.
Yesterday, I got a bit of dirt under my nails and it was quite satisfying The east wind was breezy, swaying the grasses about and allowing them to show off their fine, winter foliage.
Just a bit of scraping of old leaves and the pulling of baby weeds and the front beds are nice and tidy again. I plan to put down filbert shells for a mulch of sorts over the beds. A nearby supplier was found at the Oregon City Winter Farmers Market. Should provide just the 'rustic' touch to the beds that I am hoping for.
As this flower bed was only just established in early September of 2012, all the plants are quite small and still in 'infant' stage. I do not appear to have lost any plants thus far. I do see the heads of daffodils, paper-whites and crocuses peeking up through the soil, which makes me very happy to think I'll have blooms soon.
In the meantime, my little hydrangea still has a bit of blue, hiding in the back corner of the bed.
|Hydrangea Macrophylla 'Bailmer' Endless Summer|
However, I'm thankful for the stretch of early January sunshine, it does feel like a good omen to kick off the New Year. Cheers, Jenni