|The shrub border, alley view|
Some are alive, but look so sparse. Growing back from the roots is not an option for everything!
I have been hanging glow in the dark spheres, putting on the seat cushion slip covers, re-touchiing the paint on the garden chairs, and placing empty pots in between waiting for signs of life. The Japanese peony, I think will be coming entirely from the ground. No matter how far down I prune, none of the woody material seemed alive, but because this is where the budding material is I left it. Wait and see...there are those shoots from the ground.
Yesterday, I also saw the first honey bee, by the pansies. Today, a bumble bee was working them over. The daffodils had lots of pollinators, too. I think there are some hungry bees out there. My pansies are very popular. They are almost the only things blooming.
I also cleared the yard of black lawn waste bags (big muscle movements, takes a bit of time). I prepared the shaded area of my cold frame so I can harden off some parsley, broccoli, and kale in about 10 days. I planted some seeds; beets, radishes, rutabagas, peas.
The peas and lettuce I planted a couple weeks ago finally made some progress today.
I hope your gardens are warming up a bit more quickly than mine. Wednesday and Thursday we are supposed to be in for some "unsettled" weather. (That's a disturbing way of putting it!)