March 18th: First snowdrop sighting
The snow is melting, but not fast enough to suit me. I’ve already taken pictures of where the snow melts first, so I know where to plant my spring-flowering bulbs this fall. In the spirit of making lemonade out of lemons, I realized this lingering snow was the perfect opportunity to outline a new garden bed that I hope to plant later on this spring. After all, I only have about forty-five plants in containers waiting for their chance to sink their roots into bona fide soil.
So I dug out my sketches for the front walk and noted I could go in twenty feet from the road. I measured that distance up the front walk (which was clear of snow) and marked it with a footprint on each side. I already knew that the northern side of the bed would need to curve to the road in such a way as to allow room for a truck.After spending a good bit of the winter pondering the south side of the walk, combined with standing on the other side of the street on mild days and viewing the house from various angles, I decided that for now I would pretend there was a path from the southernmost door all the way to the road, and curve the border to line up with that path. And then I stomped it out, like this: I went upstairs and viewed it from several windows. I also viewed it from the downstairs windows, and from every other vantage point I could think of. I got my full use out of that remaining snow!