It's time to begin the spring clean-up in my garden. I've got scads of roses to prune, and there are dead leaves and winter-burned plants everywhere. The daffodils are on their way up, but it'll take at least another week's worth of sunshine to fully awaken them.
I was hungering for some color, some cheery blooms to tempt me out to the garden.So yesterday I potted up this yellow ranunculus, along with a flat of fluttery pansies (pure red, blue, yellow, and cream-colored) and another flat of jazzy primroses...
...and a dragonfly. He'll probably be living in a lush bed of periwinkle (which is just beginning to send out its sweet blue flowers), but I stuck him in this pot long enough to photograph him. I can't wait to see the colored glass catch the light on sunny afternoons.
Here are some of the primroses. As you can see, the euonymous behind it needs cleaning up. But now that I've got some early color in the garden, I'm eager to get out there and get busy.