Rose pruning time around here is Valentine's day. Well, it's been so nice and so warm and so enticing outside that I started early.
Every spring I go from bed to bed cleaning up each one. Weeding. Cutting down old or dead growth. Pruning the roses. Mulching. Slowly I work my way around the garden, but it takes a while. If I start too late in the year, it gets hot, the weeds are huge, and by the time I make it around the garden, it's too hot to work on my newest project (whatever that happens to be for the year). So, I've decided that starting early is what I need to do, even though the weather at this time of year is unpredictable.
Some people clean up their gardens in the fall, but I wait until spring to cut down the old and dead growth because I'm an aggressive weeder. If there weren't dead flower stalks sticking out of some of the flowers, I would think they were a weed and pull them up! So, today, I came to the asters. Their dead sticks with dried blooms were sticking up above green growth. I didn't think I'd mistake them for weeds now, so the dead parts were cut off.
That's when I noticed something.
Asters blooming! Looks like I'm not the only one getting started early!