After a wet winter, spring has arrived, and not a moment too soon. The smell of flowers and freshly cut grass are in the air, and you can almost taste the coming cornucopia of fruit.
Now is a good time to plant annuals, hardy perennials and cool season veggies. It’s also a good time to cut back ornamental grasses, and do rejuvenation pruning on old shrubs (such as butterfly bush and lavatera).
It’s also an excellent time to get out and enjoy the Sonoma County wildflower show. I find nothing inspires my garden designs more than a spring wildflower hike. With a long dry summer ahead, the next couple of months offer the only chance most native wildflowers will get to bloom and reproduce.