Despite the unexpected freezing weather we’ve had here in Fort Worth over the last six weeks, spring has finally and truly arrived. The birds have returned and are staking out nesting territories. Each morning as I go out to get the paper I hear the cardinals, mourning doves, and mockingbirds making their presence known. As I reach for the paper I notice how positively ragged the lawn has become. And of course the inevitable crop of spring weeds have popped up everywhere.
I celebrated spring yesterday with my first serious bout of gardening of the season. My target was the tree circle in the front of our home. In that circle I have planted, southernwood, rosemary, oregano, lemon balm, ajuga, and some snow bells. Everything needed a serious trimming. In the picture below you can see the southernwood and rosemary as they will look this summer. Now that I’ve completed my trimming the southernwood is about three inches high with tiny green sprouts here and there. The rosemary is about half the size you see in the picture below. It needed a serious pruning to avoid becoming out of control. Everything else just needed a haircut to remove the frostbitten parts and uncover the new spring growth.
The end result was a mass of clippings, a rather ragged looking circle garden, and a mass of sore muscles on parts of my body I don’t care to discuss right now. But soon the herbs will leaf out, my muscles will heal, and all will be well with the world. Such are the joys of spring.