March 20, 2018
February teased Spokane with spring-like temperatures at the beginning and more cold and snow in the middle. Some of my hellebore buds turned to brown mush after temperatures plummeted from nearly 60 degrees Fahrenheit down to zero. March feels more like a normal Spokane spring: still chilly but almost pleasant when the sun is out and the wind is slow.
Here is the west side of the backyard path. This year I left a lot of the fallen crabapple and lilac leaves in place under a thin layer of the composted bark fines. Decomposing leaves can add valuable organic material to the garden, but I'm not sure if they'll break down well during our drier summers. So it's an experiment.