Sunday, March 18, 2012

Ahead of Its Time

 As I raked the leaves from my herb garden, I just felt like I was disobeying every rule in the garden rule book.  You don't remove ground cover in your gardens until the last frost which could come as late as May 10.  It's March for goodness sake--what am I doing? 

It's been in the 70's for over a week, and this week is going to be in the low 80's, eventually going down to the 50's and 60's next week.  I thought at first I would just wait it out to at least the end of April.  However, plants are up, daffodils are blooming, tulips budding, and tree buds are opening.  Plants have actually pushed the leaves away and are above and beyond the leaf layer.  I caved. 

If it freezes, or we get that spring snow storm, I will be moaning and possibly trying to cover some plants, but I worry about the trees and their leaves the most.  I would hate to go through a summer without those leafy, green, beautiful, shady trees. 

Time will tell.


  1. We have a long ways to go until the last frost date but I caved today also. This weather is a gift but I have a feeling we are going to be hit with a wintery blast before that frost date.

  2. Hey! I pulled some ground cover from around the shoots already showing themselves in front of my house today. And on my deck, the forgotten big pots that were my herb garden last year surprised me too. I have chives and thyme and a little bit of parsley growing. They aren't supposed to survive winter like that!
    Guess the warm temps have us all jumping ahead a little. :)

  3. While the rest of the country is getting 70 degrees, we are getting the late frost and freeze - we had snow just this morning!

  4. My husband and I had the same conversation today! This weather is uncanny. We, too, forged ahead to prep the yard for spring. What else could we do?