The Arch City Gardener

Journeys In St. Louis Gardening and Beyond

It’s Piddling Season


St. Louis weather in February can best be described as variable. We have days that feel like a reprieve from winter–like today’s 70+ degree temps–and we have clear signals that it’s still winter–like last week’s soppy snow shower. So garden time is sporadic at best.

Snow on Grasses (768x1024)

The grasses plumes drape gracefully under the weight of a wet snow.

2016 budding rhodo

The rhododendron will bloom soon, a sure sign that spring is near.

Sunday’s warm weather was accompanied by gusty winds and the ground is very soggy still. I take advantage of these sorts of days to piddle. I rake up a couple of trash cans of sweet gum balls, cut back the tall ornamental grasses and generally enjoy a nice day. Tempting as it was, I resisted raking the leaves out of the beds. I thought about edging some of the beds but it’s too wet. This piddling around allows me to begin to stretch my back and take stock of what really needs to be done once the weather begins to warm in March.

How do you take advantage of a warm day in later winter?


Author: mjarz

Welcome to the Arch City Gardener. My name is Mimi and I started this blog to share my journeys in learning to garden in St. Louis County, Missouri and learn more from my readers who garden. Thanks for reading The Arch City Gardener.

4 thoughts on “It’s Piddling Season

  1. One day this week it hit 63 degrees so I picked up downed branches with a big smile on my face. 🙂

  2. I prune bamboo rhizomes! Ornamental grasses up next, and I too was considering raking up some leaves but decided to delay that after finding a still-hibernating toad. I’ll let those critters seeking shelter in my beds stay put for a few more weeks. 🙂

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