Birds signaled spring here too. Hawks becoming way more active and gregarious as are the crows. I heard some sandhill cranes in a neighbor's yard yesterday. My laural oaks are already green again. In another week or two I'll start dividing bamboo. This week I've been spring cleaning the garden, pressure cleaning off any abundance of moss or lichen; some stuff got a little moldy and I've got a few species susceptible to scale so I pressured cleaned those off. Just now I was power washing an ancient ligustrum.
They live 50 to 150 years and from where this one is planted I'm assuming it dates back to at least the 50s. They can get to about 20 ft tall, which is about where this one is. I've never seen one this large before so I do want to keep it healthy. Only it's right under some pines so gets rained on with needles that were creating a mat over the entire thing. So probably every five years or so I'll just knock those off. Also I cleaned the branches which were laden in lichen. You have to be real careful not to damage the bark with the pressure cleaner so I judge by distance, only getting close enough to take off some of that outside layer of gunk.
Anyway, it's a messy job but coming out pretty good.
Here's some pics of all that.
pressure cleaning off scale from Bambusa malingensis
Bambusa lako spring cleaned
Dendrocalamus asper 'Betung Hitam' cleaned up nicely.
This is Bambusa Nana, super beautiful. Normally I'd just cut down one that got that bad but this is a division I had trouble cranking up, very surprised it survived, and only put up two culms last year so I'll keep this one with it's leafing intact to collect the sun's energy until this years culms come up. But even still, it cleaned up well enough to not look horrible...
Here's a random web pic of what that will look like when mature. Isn't that just stunning.
Here's the ligustrum. You can see how bad the matting gets on top (first two pics, one from underneath)
It's a dirty job but someone has to do it
Here's how beautiful it comes out showing off all those negative spaces.
Close up of the lichen on it. When I finish it will look like basically a 20 foot tall bonsai tree.
And here's the sure sign of spring, no cleaning required. Just walk by the windows and enjoy.