I generally start my rounds at Client #1's here. This is what I see when I first arrive, currently in its more open winter phase, but far from a dull planting. On the left is a row of White Pine that screens the main four lane highway. The tree in the foreground and those in the left corner of the parking lot are birch of some sort. The three trees on the right are Platanus, the Sycamore. The shrub plantings from left to right are Kerria japonica, (hate it) Doublefile Viburnum, Cotoneaster and a pink Spirea. This screening continues on the right to include a grouping of rhododendron, juniper and large spruce trees.
I have been spring cleaning the perennials to prepare for the bulb show that is stirring in the still cold ground. Though for some reason I did not want to cut back the grass mops in the island bed just yet. I still find them interesting while waiting for the bulbs and hosta to gather more of an appearance. The big pile of snow in the parking lot has been removed.
Looking in the opposite direction is the pond garden in the rear of the building. The four lane highway is right behind the planting of evergreen trees of Hemlock and Spruce. This is the time of year when I cut the remaining dead brown remnants of the perennials to the ground.
The main perennial bed on the sunny front side of the building has gotten its late winter haircut.
Thousands of bulbs are stirring throughout the grounds.
I needed to get this done before I left and would have done it sooner but the weathers have so not been cooperating. By mid March this kind of heavy cleaning could cause damage to the awakening bulbs.
In sunnier spots some tulips are well up. Mostly there is just an inch of an inkling or less of what lies beneath.
The bark of the Pinus bungeana, Lacebark Pine is most interesting. One of these is on the wish list for my own garden to be.
The iris bed on the pond overflow end is mowed and ready for green. While the summer foliage is totally appropriate, lush and nice, this particular pale violet iris does not put on much of a floral display and is more aggressive than it seems to be worth.
A garden is now ready for spring. I can leave it be for a while.
Tsunami? What tsunami? What is that saying? Come freezing hell or high water I am going to Maui.