A much better alternative is spring and this week it seems as though spring is returning to my garden. And not a moment too soon!
All around the garden, the shrubs and trees are beginning to put out green buds.
Some of the shrubs started early and are already blooming.
Even the birds know that spring is almost here. Many of our winter visitors have already flown, as I wrote yesterday, but their place is being taken by birds that wintered farther south.
Yes, spring is coming. Even if all my weeding isn't done and all my plants haven't been pruned. Even if all the plants I had planned to move to new beds are still in their old beds. Inexorably, spring approaches and somehow everything that really needs to be done will finally get done. Fingers crossed.