Gardening around the ponds

Since the ponds are not open, it’s a good time to tidy the gardens. I’m removing the sad little specimens that did not make it through the winter.
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Then I’m moving around all the plants that will most likely be stepped on or damaged as the deck is being built. Of course I have to fill in the holes left by damaged plants and some plants just need to go somewhere else to thrive.
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Since the weather is getting a little warmer, I took off the last burlap covers on two plants that really aren’t suited for Zone 4b. The Japanese Maple and the Japanese Black Pine have survived another Minnesota winter.
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While working outside it’s always nice to take a break and watch the little animals around the yard.
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The weather forecasters have said that conditions might be right for us to see the northern lights – I’m hoping I might be up around 1 or 2 am to see them!

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