I thought it was high time to interrupt this Massachusetts winter with a bit of garden talk.
Because all over the Northeast, as snow continues to fall., and
winter has become a bore (and a chore)….
...there are gardeners who are thinking of things other than the icy driveways...
...the difficulties driving...
….the mile high snowdrifts….
….and the impending forecasts.
We are planning.
First it is a flash through our minds. A color, a texture a scent. It's a memory from a moon swept summer evening, or a dewy morning's lung-filling air. (so pure)
Then it is about glossy paged catalogs and reliable websites. We read up on our favorites.
We work our budgets and draw our maps.
We check our seed supply from last year, our own personal seed banks. We nod at what flourished, and shake our heads at what did not. (But it's always fun trying).
The lists begin…what to plant and when to plant it.
Perhaps that tomato variety a friend recommended, or a flower that reminds us of a loved one.
The planning process is purposeful, yet delicate; it is eagerness and patience bundled pleasantly together.
Perhaps Mother Nature knew that gardeners needed this time...
…a time to plan what we will guide forth from this earth...
…a time to dream of a velvety petal or a golden pumpkin.
A time to relish in the past, yet hope for the future.
This year I feel I am being called to teach about gardening...
…to encourage new gardeners, to guide those who have become complacent ...
…but most of all, to show how something so simple can change us forever.
Please share a gardening tip, favorite plant, memory of the garden, or garden story in the comments section! I will be compiling your ideas into a future post.
Please include your location.
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