The highlight of my 2013 holiday season, was not dying the Thursday before Xmas, when an idiot turned left in front of me at a busy intersection to make the light. This collision totaled "The Green Bean" (my 14 year old, trusty plant shopping car). Thank goodness, I came though the accident with only a stiff neck and a sprained finger.
That night, The Green Bean was towed to the body shop and it was all out of my hands. There was on my part, however, denial, anger, depression, speculation and then finally acceptance that The Green Bean was really going to be gone forever.
It still took two weeks over the holidays to finally hear the verdict officially from the insurance company. I will be sure to schedule all my future accidents well away from holiday closures.
It just so happened that I was off Xmas Eve until January 2nd, so I used this time to finish up Round Two of leaf clean-up in the flower beds.
In my crazy brain, Round One is the initial fall rake-up of leaves out of the grass. Round Two is the time consuming removal by hand of all the leaves in the flower beds. Round Three is a final clean up more towards spring when things have dried out a little.
While crawling around removing leaves and cutting back a few plants, I could already see the signs of spring stirring.
|Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrops)|
|Edgeworthia chrysantha (Paper Bush) buds survived the cold snap.|
|Gah! Trillium already poking out! Go back to bed!|
|Helleborus coloring up.|
|Camellia japonica 'Nuccio’s Pearl' showing a hint of color.|
Here's to 2014 being a much better year for everyone!