Our warm weather yesterday melted out some of the beds. The nice blue green mat is my dianthus that I grew from seed years and years ago. Last year I cut it back to make the new garlic and onion bed above.
My sage is beautiful right now. I cut it back in the spring before its new growth starts. If I don't do this it gets huge and takes over. It has a week or two before it gets sheared. On second thought I can see some new growth already on the plant. I have work to do.
My French thyme is the first of the thymes to be uncovered. French thyme is my favorite of all my thymes. I find it much more flavorful than the English thyme, but I grow that too. The English thyme is reliable. It doesn't die, grows profusely and can handle getting sheared way back for large harvests. My harvests from the French thyme are much smaller.
As I was scoping out the garden, I started trying to take the snow off of my plastic row cover that failed last winter. I wanted it to get propped up again. It turns out the top 3" of snow are really snow, the bottom 3" is all ice. Some of it came off easily and some had to be chipped. One of the covers has been unearthed. The hoops won't straighten up since they are frozen into the prone position. I did prop them up just enough with rocks to provide a layer of air underneath. The broccoli seems quite dead. The chard is just missing. I can't even tell where it was before. I'm hoping the roots are still alive and it will reemerge, but I doubt it. The old lettuce leaves are all brown, but the inner rosette is still green and alive. Whoo hoo! I'm psyched.
So I had a very happy moment communing with my lettuce. I enjoyed the moment. Today is another story. Today my weatherman let me down. We have not one but two winter storms headed our way. Tomorrow's storm starts off as an ice storm then just as it starts moving out another storm will get here and dump lots of snow. My nicely melting beds will have another blanket.
Also since it was the first thaw since the snow started in December and I have a 100 pound dog, lets just say I had a messy chore in the back yard. Next year I must remember to dig more than one doggy composting hole in the fall. I really need two or a massively huge one.
I'm still happy. My lettuce survived the winter. Now it just has to survive the freeze-thaw of spring and I'll have early salads. Whoo hoo!