It doesn't really look like spring in the garden until the spring cleaning is done. I rushed through it for a few hours between rains, so I didn't have a chance to pay close attention to the perennials that were already out.

The sprucing up attracted a few visitors from the wilderness - a robin who kept me company for the duration of the cleaning and a couple of bunny rabbits who frolicked through the grass, encouraged by the warm temperatures.
The heavy rain chased me back indoors, with no time to spare, so the weeding will have to follow later. Between raindrops and thunderbolts I managed to snap a couple of pictures, of hyacinths, mostly. They seem to be the flower du jour.

The roses still need pruning, I didn't even have a chance to see if there is any winter damage. The shrub varieties are fine, as always, but the rest...

All plants are charging back to life, even the hostas, who usually take their sweet time until late April. The daffodils are just now starting to bloom, I'm not used to seeing daffodils and tomatoes share a growing season. Daffodils, tomatoes and hellebores, what an odd combination!

After the second round of cleaning, when all the weeds are gone, the perennials could probably use some organic fertilizer, to kick start their bloom.

The seedlings are still indoors, still tiny. I started them so late this year that I might as well have waited and planted them directly outside.

Author's Bio: 

Main Areas: Garden Writing; Sustainable Gardening; Homegrown Harvest
Published Books: “Terra Two”; “Generations”; "The Plant - A Steampunk Story"; "Letters to Lelia"; "Fair"; "Door Number Eight"; "A Year and A Day"; "Möbius' Code"; "Between Mirrors"; "The Blue Rose Manuscript"
Career Focus: Author; Consummate Gardener;
Affiliation: All Year Garden; The Weekly Gardener; Francis Rosenfeld's Blog

I started blogging in 2010, to share the joy of growing all things green and the beauty of the garden through the seasons. Two garden blogs were born: and, a periodical that followed it one year later. I wanted to assemble an informal compendium of the things I learned from my grandfather, wonderful books, educational websites, and my own experience, in the hope that other people might use it in their own gardening practice.