It’s that time of year – time to cut back the grasses and perennials. I have enjoyed watching and hearing the grasses sway in the wind all winter. Birds have enjoyed the seed heads for food, especially during the arctic freeze. But with this warm spell we have had the past week, I can already see new green shoots emerging. The same goes for the perennials. New growth has exploded this past week, so out come the felcos to cut down the old. It is always so exciting to see pushing out of the ground the new year’s growth of inland sea oats, summer phlox, society garlic, hardy amaryllis and so many more.
Thank goodness I do not have shrubs and trees that need pruning; I hate doing that. Occasionally I do prune back the roses a bit, but this year it certainly was not necessary for three of them. The beavers did it for me…one of them is now barely 6 inches tall!