Happy first day of spring!
I’ve spent a good portion of yesterday and today working in the yard. Nothing glamorous, just putting down a new layer of top soil, feeding plants, taking inventory of what I need to replace, and cleaning up garden beds. This time of year it’s easy to lose myself out there. Hours pass quickly, and before I know it it’s late afternoon. There’s so much to do, but somehow it doesn’t feel like work (until the soreness kicks in the next day!) amidst the glory of nature’s reawakening. Isn’t it remarkable to watch what’s blooming from day to day? Here are a few scenes that caught my eye.I must be in a purple-y mood!
If you haven’t noticed already, I have an appreciation for quotes. I keep journals of passages from books that speak to me, along with favorite quotes. Through the years, I’ve added some inspiration in the garden by writing some quotes I love on rocks. I simply write with a sharpie and then spray them with a clear protective spray. They need to be re-done each year, and that was another bit of work (play!) I was doing this weekend.Suddenly our surroundings are bursting into bloom. Each time I’m out driving I’m noticing the emerald green of the hills swathed with poppies, singing loudly. Miracles are happening everywhere we look! What’s catching your eye right now?
“The year’s at the spring
And day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hillside’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn;
God’s in His heaven-
All’s right with the world!”
~Robert Browning“A wizard must have passed this way
Since – was it only yesterday?
Then all was bare, and now behold,
A hundred cups of living gold!”
~Emma C. Dowd“A little madness in the spring is wholesome even for the king.”
~Emily Dickenson“Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer.”
~Geoffrey B. Charlesworth
“Spring is nature’s way of saying Let’s Party!”
~ Robin WilliamsEverything is blooming recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. ~Ranier Maria RilkeWishing you all a week of blooms. Go out and take in all the beauty surrounding you!
“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
Winter is dead.”
~A.A. Milne, When We Were Very YoungTrips to four different nurseries within a week. Vases filled with Daffodils and Daphne throughout the house. Checking on each and every plant and tree to see how it fared during the winter. Soil under my nails. Yep, I’ve definitely got it. Spring Fever!
It’s only late February but the high temperatures have been hovering in the high 60s and even 70s for a couple weeks now. I’m really hoping March brings much more rain, but right now, well, right now I’m loving all these bursts of color. Right now, it feels like spring is bustin’ out all over!
Here, the Weigelias are just beginning to leaf out. I’m filling pots with colorful Primroses, Pansies and Violas.The air is scented with the heavenly fragrance of winter Daphne. Is there a sweeter smell in February? Not in my book!A row of blooming flowering plum trees heralds our arrival along our driveway.And a hedge of tall Photonia brightens up the yard with shiny new red leaves.Flowering Quince and Forsythia are putting on their shows,while graceful Hellebores nod hello.
Oh, I know it’s still early, but I can’t get enough of these happy harbingers of spring. What’s blooming in your gardens right now in late February?
“Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.” ~Gustav Mahler