Ah yes spring…a gorgeous time of year…and a very busy time for folks in the gardening industry. I feel like I have been going non stop for the past 2 months (probably because I have) – although I did find time to give myself a concussion a few weeks ago (pesky garden gate in the way of my head).
Spring in the Pacific Northwest has been a wee bit unusual this year. It literally went from winter to spring overnight a few weeks ago when we went from 40s to high 60s and the soil warmed. It seemed that the plant growth could be measured in inches after that warm up. While I have been busy designing and installing other gardens, mine has been steadily growing and some of my early spring tasks are definitely in order now (like replacing squashed Phormium).
In other news, I am also happy to report that my slug population seems to be smaller this year. Could it have been the dutiful slug massacre that I performed every morning last spring? Scissors in hand…yep – it is gross. The only places I have found them is hiding under the flats of plants waiting for delivery to clients…which brings me to a funny story. While slugs have not been in my garden, they have been in other unusual places. After hauling plants for several weeks straight, Adam called me out to the car the other morning to show me something “interesting.” Apparently a slug had hitched a ride on a plant into the car, then, in his attempt to find his happy slugdom out in the garden, he slithered all over the back of the car checking out every nook and cranny (evidenced by the lovely slime trail). It was actually funny to see where he went. He could still be in there, who knows. My poor Subaru has suffered much in this business.
A brief entry since I have to put together tomorrow’s work plan. I hope spring finds you out in the garden enjoying the fresh growth and renewal!