USDA Zone 7a (formerly zone 6b)
February 24, 2014
What a winter it's been. We are so very happy to see the deep snow, slowly-but-surely, melting away. After taking a close look around today, it looks like Black and White kicks off the 2014 gardening season.
We've had so much of the white stuff and are so ready to usher in some spring color, but ironically, some of the first blooms - Snow drops (Galanthus) - are white. Ours have buds and look just about ready to bloom. Contrasting, black pussywillows (Salix gracilistyla 'Melanostachys') are another of the first to bloom.
We plan on lots of spring cleanup this season. Thanks to the storms this winter, we have several large branches that broke off pine trees from heavy snow and ice. Yard and gardens always provide rewarding work.
Gardening counts as physical activity! However, unless you're planning on moving serious mounds of dirt, going to the gym is still a good idea for weight bearing exercise.
As you can see, brown colors still dominate...memories of the harsh winter. Just keep reminding yourself that next month, just in time for National Nutrition Month, gardens will be warming up and full of vibrant color.
How did your yard and gardens fare this winter?
To Celebrate National Nutrition Month