The post-winter, pre-spring garden
And there's even worse:
One of our stone retaining walls fell down. This has happened before, but never so much at once. James doesn't help things by pushing over the stones sometimes, too, but I can't blame this one on him. I was outside when two big rocks just fell over by themselves; it's the heaving of the ground with the freezing and unfreezing that goes on at this time of year. So once things dry out properly, Dean and I will have to dismantle this entire wall and rebuild it, and this time we'll CEMENT it together, so James can't work any mischief over the summer.
But there are signs of hope:These are the chives I mentioned before, now over an inch high!
And there's also this:
The indomitable RHUBARB! Two days ago, there was a pool of ice right beside these buds, and the plant's only a few feet from the fence, so it gets the least amount of sun of any place in the garden. But nothing will stop it, even at this time of year. This spring, I think I'll try making some rhubarb jam, along with the usual pies.