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Spring can’t get here fast enough!

Polygonatum biflorum

I don’t know about you, but I am sick of winter. I’ve studied seed catalogs and ordered seeds. I’ve edited my plant wish lists. I’ve grown amaryllis, cared for poinsettias and Christmas cactus, started forcing bulbs, and it won’t be long before seed starting begins.

But I need spring! I need to be outside. I need my hands in the soil. I need to dig and plant and yes, even weed. Since my needs will have to wait a little while longer (as Mother Nature takes her sweet time), I decided some garden therapy of a different sort was in order. I spent an afternoon looking through photos of my gardens during last spring and summer, relishing the flowers, the foliage, the colors, the textures – a reminder of what’s to come.

Winter Aconite


I was reminded it won’t be long until the early spring bulbs push their way through cold soil to offer their flowers to the spring landscape…

Dogtooth Violets & Anemone blada


…and wildflowers will soon carpet the floor of the shade garden.

Ostrich Ferns

Ostrich ferns will once again unfurl…

…and tulips will dazzle while daffodils delight.

Dicentra 'Gold Heart'
Dicentra ‘Gold Heart’
Brunnera macrophylla
Brunnera macrophylla
Epimedium sulpureum
Epimedium sulphureum
Phlox subulata
Phlox subulata
Euphorbia polychroma
Euphorbia polychroma

The spring will bring a multitude of perennials, blooming in the most magical seasonal concert…

Viburnum juddii

Syringa 'Miss Kim'

…while viburnums and lilacs fill the air with their sweet perfume…


…and crabapples, magnolias and serviceberries brighten the landscape above…

Akebia Flowers

Clematis on Arbor

…and flowering vines paint the walls.

Cool-Season Vegetables in Pots

I could almost taste the sweetness of the cool-season vegetables, including several different kinds of lettuce, kohlrabi, cabbage and peas, grown in pots on the deck.

Allium in Hosta Garden

I remembered how majestic the alliums were towering over freshly-unfurled hostas…

Japanese Peony - Flower

…and the magnificence of tree peonies in bloom.

Monarch Butterfly on Phlox

Bee on Eupatorium

And, as it always does, summer will follow spring and the butterflies and bees will once again cavort in my garden…

…and summer annuals and perennials will dance in riotous rhythm.

And those hydrangeas – all those glorious hydrangeas – will once again make my heart happy.

I am still in desperate need of spring, but the afternoon of garden therapy helped. Although the last few weeks of winter are the slowest weeks of all, spring will surely follow. We’ll be back in the garden, happy to have our hands in the soil, digging and planting and yes, even weeding.

Garden with me!




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