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March 14, 2009. It's so predictable - the first few mild days of late winter arrive, and my hands are a mess! It's too early to do anything with live plants, but the weather is perfect to cut or lop down all of last season's dead stalks. I leave them up through winter, preferring their presence to a barren garden look - but it's a big job to take care of throughout the whole garden. The stubble left behind (from this year's cuts, as well as previous years') is sharp enough that my hands, with baby skin from months without gardening, invariably emerge thoroughly cut and scraped from the operation. It's an annual rite of passage!
Meanwhile, only a few plants are exerting themselves in the garden. It's the usual suspects: snowdrops, rock irises, crocus, and of course hellebores. Some hellebores have fully open flowers, but I was particularly taken by this beautiful bud with its fresh green accompaniment.

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