It was wonderful to get outside and into the garden yesterday after all the weekend's rain. Everything was very brown and soggy and the lawns were squelching as I walked over them. I had a wander around just looking at things before I started on a general clearing up.
I think I spent a couple of hours pottering around and cutting off all the dead foliage from last year to let the new growth underneath see some light.
I soon had piles of stuff around the garden ready for the garden bin. Can you see the fox track to the right of the photo above? They come down here every night and through to next door where they are fed.
There are still loads of leaves to rake up but some areas are difficult to get to especially where heather plants have broken under the weight of snow and fallen across paths. There is a lot more work to do before the garden begins to look like it is back in shape.
You can see how wet it still is in certain areas, especially around the raised beds. Some of the dead leaves are still standing in an inch or two of water.
Max always comes out to supervise the gardening; he wasn't keen on the evidence of badger that I found - neither was I come to that! I unearthed droppings as I was clearing dead leaves but we also found a hole had been dug in one of the raised beds.
There are signs of new life in the garden; buds on the rhododendron bush, signs of growth in the rhubarb patch and on the climbing hydrangea.
I really enjoyed being able to get out into the garden again after what seems like such a long time of bad winter weather. I'm sure there will be more to come before Spring is finally here but yesterday felt like an encouraging start to the garden year.