ProfessorRoush promised all his readers this year, that he would post as he gardened; keeping you alongside for a year on the prairie. Well, March 10th here, and this picture represents my first garden activity of the new year; the indoor planting of 3 anemic Walmart-sold daylily starts, Hemerocallis 'Final Touch'. There are two other miserable starts of Hemerocallis 'Naughty Red' in the pan beside these. These are not what I really wanted to start the garden year with, but the five starts were only $10 total (well, $10.90 with tax). Apparently I'm so desperately starving for the touch of dirt, even that of mere packaged potting soil, that I could not resist these spare excuses for live plants.
It must have been the 45º weather and sunshine that thawed out my gardening core, even if it hasn't thawed out the earth. Our last snow is gone now, except for a few small remnants in deep shade, but the garden is a swamp of muck; puddles of melt water and two-inch-thick messy mud over still frozen subsoil. There will be no digging nor drainage of the snow melt until that ground thaws beneath.
The starts above are safe for the present in the basement window, where I hope they will green up and survive until the ground thaws and the risk of frost is gone. That will be sometime in late July, likely, at the rate things seem to be warming.