I've already started haunting the garden centers, though they haven't got much in them yet except bags of soil and fertilizer. Still, I managed to find two little rosemary plants I brought home; no hurry to plant them just yet. And I spread a thick layer of composted cow manure around my lilacs and the mock orange. I don't know why, but they hardly produce any flowers. The shrubs are tall and strong, with lots of leaves, but no flowers. I'm going to try giving then a fertilizer blast this year and see if it shocks them out of their trance.
Yin came outside with me too, and spent a lot of time happily chasing a ball and various dry leaves and stick, and then she finally found a shady spot to lie down and rest. I came and lay down on the grass beside her, and she climbed all over me, licking my face and nose until I could hardly breathe. I realized that if I should ever collapse from a heart attack in the garden, she wouldn't behave like Lassie and fetch help, but she'd give me a hearty sendoff to the next world.
"I LOVE you, Mummy!"