Finally we had a dry, warmer weekend, a great opportunity to get outside and get the final clean up done.
That means clipping off all of the sword ferns. We have a lot of them! I also got pretty ruthless with the Oregon Grape that was encroaching on the pathways.
All of this green stuff was then put through the chipper/shredder and put back down as mulch.
Last Thursday we had an arborist tree service come in and take down the madrona trees that had been ruined by the ice storm and were hanging over the back fence. Tom still has some splitting to do and then we'll stack the fire wood.
Tom also got the juniper hedge trimmed along the driveway. The yard waste bags were picked up this morning.
The tree service also cleaned up a few limbs in the fir trees, including the "widow maker" that was hanging up here.
One of the joys of working in the garden in early spring, is the chance to get up close and personal with the lovely little ephemerals emerging from the soil. This is a corydalis.
All of the trillium clumps are now up and blooming. Also known as "Wake Robin", they herald the arrival of spring.
The last thing I did yesterday was crawl around, picking up the fir cones and small debris. More time to enjoy the beauty close up.
We're stiff and sore this morning, but we feel great about all we got done. Spring? Bring it on, even in the rain.