It’s still really gross in Rochester. We had snow last week. And I’m expecting to scrape some frost off my car windows next week, based on the helpful 10-day forecast. Whatever, I think we should be used to it by now – nothing new. The bulk of the snow melted over the weekend, and left me happy to 1) check out the perennials I transplanted from my mom last fall and 2) clean up dog mess before the neighbors think I’m a disgusting slob.
The backyard’s looking rough, mostly because the grass I planted in the late summer doesn’t seem to have survived the ice and snow, but at least it no longer looks ANYTHING like this:
It’s more like this:
Sadly, the grass is brown and trampled, but I’m ever-optimistic and still demanding that it make a full recovery.
The perennials are starting to show. Lilies, Pachysandra, and Raspberries (which, seriously, notice how small and controlled they are right now):
Although, right on schedule some little yellow buds appeared from beneath my neighbor’s fence. They’re since freshly cut and providing warmth to my kitchen island.
The front yard needs some love. 1 of the 4 Azaleas that I planted a few summers ago already kicked the bucket. I think a second’s on it’s way out. We’ll see how the other two bushes do; last year they gave me some lovely pink flowers that lasted weeks. I’d also like to make this front bush a little deeper, but that’ll be part of a bigger front yard plan.
BTW – the driveway? I’m not sure I’ve ever revealed or called attention to exactly how bad bad bad it is. Patchy. Indented. Sinking. Cavernous. See where I’m going? Maybe these photos will help paint a better picture. Oh, like my recycling bin? Subtle.
And the part of the driveway between the curb and the sidewalk is the worst part – it’s decrepit and also steep and curved just enough to bottom out any vehicle that isn’t a truck or SUV.
Driveway redo is on my short list for the spring. As is curb appeal with plants. Stay tuned.