The sun was out this past weekend, and while there's still a bit of snow in places, it was a beautiful day for a walk in the woods.
|This wooded stretch was snowy but it's the last snow we'll see this year|
These little flashes of green don't look like much now but they're a sign of things to come.
Those are daffodil shoots. I planted dozens (I meant to write down how many but of course, forgot..) of a variety called Golden Echo last fall.
Also appearing are the shoots of columbine.
I've had a sudden strong urge to start clearing out flower beds and getting ready for the new season.
Unfortunately garden chores got sidetracked quite quickly as there are other spring chores to attend to.
|A splitter is absolutely necessary when you've got 8 cords of wood to get through|
Splitting firewood isn't exactly a tragedy, but when it keeps me out of the garden I consider it a negative. Unfortunately, if we want a warm house in winter it's imperative that wood gets split and stacked in spring so it has the summer to dry.
Which brought us directly to another tragedy. One of our maple trees has been in decline since we moved in. Back in 2010 it looked like this.
Not quite alive but not yet dead. Every year it looks worse and this year we found many broken branches scattered at the base. It was time to take it down.
I hate to remove any trees but you can see on the top left of the tree how there is a dead branch hanging. It was becoming hazardous to leave this tree standing with branches constantly falling. The good news is we added substantially to our firewood pile with the wood we got from this tree.
Another unfortunate discovery was one of our newer trees. I planted a native witch hazel in 2010 and it's been growing beautifully ever since.
Well until now that is. It's located near the roadside and I'm guessing a load of snow from the plow might have hit it this year. The main trunk now looks like the photo above. My thought is that trying to fix it simply won't do any good. A repaired trunk will always be weak so maybe it's better to just prune off one side. Does anyone have any better ideas?