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Good morning, my fingernails are grimy!  Welcome to Saturday Morning Garden Blogging.

As has been the pattern this winter, Denver had days of lovely sun and warm temperatures, interrupted by a brief spit of moisture mid-week.  But the highs are getting higher, and the lows aren't quite as low — all in all, the set up for a bloomin' good spring here in Denver.

The front beds are well-sprinkled now with crocus and rock-garden iris; the earliest of the hyacinth are showing buds; and the self-seeding plants — weed and flowers both — are sprouting up everywhere.

We have a cool down forecast for the weekend — but then back to the 70s for St. Paddy's Day.  I will not be planting peas, however.  It's been too wet to prepare the veggie patch for planting.

Zasu Pitts Pootie is my gardening companion, and yesterday she helped me do a bit of spring clean-up.  She sniffed around, chased the tines of the hand rake, and otherwise made a perfect pootie pest of herself as I pulled out the dried iris leaves, raked up plant remains and uncovered new growth… including a volunteer catnip plant, just what Zasu was waiting for.  She loves to rub the tender, just-emerged leaves all over her face before eating them.

With Zasu thus occupied, I was able to relocate a couple of miniature rose bushes that had become overwhelmed by a near-by gaura; now they're directly in front of the porch.  They'd just started putting out new growth, so they should settle in OK.

There still are a couple of lavenders to be pruned, and the rugosa hansa could do with a whack back.

And I still need to get the tomatoes started.  I always manage to be two weeks later than I planned on doing that.  Damn.

That's what's happening here.  What's happening in your gardens?

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