Today 

Dug up and divided some fortnight lilies; moved a chrysanthemum; rescued some primroses; weeded; came up with an actual plan for what else I’d like to grow here! Plus composted a bunch of bark mulch. I loathe bark mulch. It’s so hard to really get rid of! And so taking 4 bucketfuls to the compost bin felt incredibly satisfying. 

Nothing says vacation like dirt!

Old skills new tricks 

Years ago, I learned to use a metal file to sharpen a shovel. The goal was to slice delicately through half-centimeter-thin layers of dirt without needing to wham or bang, and thus avoid damaging whatever archeological details might lie below.
Yesterday, I bought a brand new file. Today is all about ripping weeds and digging new holes for bulbs. 

A few months from now, I’m hoping to be looking out on a white drift of narcissus.