Spent half the day in the yard with my four-year-old. She really wanted to buy some spring bulbs we saw at the store the other day (on sale). There were a lot of options and we finally chose some pink gladiolus. They are tall and attractive and I do have a good spot for them. We went right to work- loosened the soil, dug out weeds, tufts of grass and rocks, mixed in some vermicompost. (I'm still sifting it straight from the bin when I need some and that's working great). Placed the flower bulbs in- I showed my daughter which end was up and she was quick to catch me when I accidentally put one in upside-down! They seemed anxious to grow, some already had purplish shoots coming up, seeking. We patted the soil back down, covered them with several inches of shredded leaf mulch, and watered thoroughly. Already that little area looks nice and tidy instead of the unkempt corner it was before. I'm not sure how long they will take to set root and emerge from the mulch, but you can bet my four-year-old will be keeping close tabs on that site.
I spent more time than I should have, stripping the green leaves off the pruned euonymus and tree limbs, for my compost pile. Didn't want to let all that good greenery go to waste. I mixed them with last-year's leaves and the bin was overflowing, so some is still sitting the wheelbarrow waiting for the pile to sink a bit then I can top it off again. From a distance the bin looks like it is full of fresh salad, all that bright green mound on top!