Do as I say, not as I do
If you were to ask me, as someone who has gardened for well over 40 years, if it's too early to start cleaning up the flowers beds, I'd say, oh, my stars, yes - you need to wait for a while in case we get another cold snap.
And what did I do today - I raked many of my flower beds. There's so much growing out there - I saw tiny columbine seedlings, the salvias have new growth on them as does the phlox and the goldenrod. And that's just the stuff I looked for.
The witchhazel, which started to bloom well over a month ago, is now so very fragrant! I'm just amazed that the blossoms made it through 8 degree temps of earlier this month.
I also found a bazillion baby hellebores - it breaks my heart to pull them up, but I have only so much room and it can't all go to hellebore.