Know Where to Plant
First, I made sure I knew where the snow had melted first. Yesterday, the snow was melted over much of the front lawn, but the soil wasn’t thawed everywhere. But I had previously taken pictures, so I knew where the soil was most likely to have lost its icy hardness.
Know What to Plant
There isn’t really too much you can stick in the ground this early in the season, especially during the earliest part of mud season. There aren’t too many plants even sprouting yet, but I had access to one that was not only growing, but blooming.My sister had generously shared more winter aconites (Eranthis), as she had done before. The plants she gave me this year were dug from her lawn, where they had seeded themselves long before she and her husband bought their house. I had to wait almost two weeks from when she gave them to me to when the ground in my colder location was ready to plant. Unlike last time, the rootball wasn’t frozen solid. I managed to tease out the lawn grass roots and break apart some of the larger clumps and plant them around the rhododendron. I even had some teeny seedlings that I planted among snowdrops in other locations.
I can’t say it was really warm, 43F (6C), tops. The sun shone weakly through a veil of clouds. It wasn’t what you’d call a gorgeous spring day. But planting those blooming flowers in the earth, I felt like a heavy burden was lifted off me. I felt like a spell had been broken and I was finally my true self again. Out of hibernation, fully human once more, on my knees with my hands in the dirt.
This post is part of an ongoing series on mud season.