|A river of melting snow behind our house|
But the cold has now finally passed. The snow has (mostly) melted and plants are beginning to show signs of growth. I have begun the work of winter clean up and spring preparations.
The first task was to survey the winter damage. The sheer weight of all the snow we had this year took its toll on the trees. Broken limbs littered the ground and I spent hours pruning away ripped and torn branches.
Some trees were snapped right in half but the majority will survive. Perhaps a little thinner than they were before. Others received emergency repairs.
A large branch on this birch is partly split from the trunk and is being held together temporarily. My hope is the bark will eventually grow over and heal the wound. It's not a surefire solution but I'm hoping it might work.
Around the garage I cleaned out the flower beds, removing some old plants and making space for new.
|Dead plants littered the beds around the garage|
|Post clean up things are looking a lot neater|
The same goes for the flower garden. Tulips and daffodils are starting to sprout but they are having to work through a layer of dead leaves to get to the sun.
Lots of clean up is needed to get the garden looking good for summer again.
And it wouldn't be spring without a few household chores as well. We finally got round to fixing up the front door. After we painted the exterior of the house the door looked pretty ratty. The old wooden screen door kept blowing off the hinges in the winter storms so we found a tight fitting storm door to replace it. Then we decided that ugly old metal door had to go.
|The screen door was replaced first with a proper storm |
door but that metal door just looked wrong
It looks better than new and suits the house much better too.
How is spring coming where you live?