So what does this have to do with gardening???? More than you might imagine. Those of you who haven't been here for awhile might remember the 'composting bridge' that used to take you over to Lake Amanda. Last summer Hank (who had been resisting replacing the quite lovely in its own way bridge) fell right through it and landed in the creek. It is now quite sturdy and last week we replaced the handrails, so it's all ready for visitors. Lake Amanda has the more wonderful spring garden with daffodils, primroses, crocuses, hellebores, corydalis solida, witchhazel, daphne and all sorts of other delights that are somewhat overshadowed later in the season when the hostas take over as the dominant plants. Saracenia are starting up on the island where they grow happily out of the reach of the rabbits who have been the worst problem in all of the gardens this winter. (Time for some rabbit stew???) I potted up some trilliums, gingers, and a new variegated pinellia last week so they should be looking good for opening day the end of April. A big bunch of perennials should arrive next week. Now if the weather will only cooperate and get nice enough for all of these things to be outside !