Garden Musings · Perennials

Spring holds the promise…

Hostas push their way through the soil.

Spring holds the promise of a new beginning, a fresh start. New growth is everywhere. Bulbs have forced their way through the soil and many have already displayed their flowers; others have plump buds preparing to explode into color. The leaf buds on trees and shrubs are swelling. Perennials are waking up from their winter slumber.

Gardeners are the most optimistic folks, and why not? In spring, anything and everything is possible. The bountiful vegetable garden, full of veggies and free of weeds, is possible. The overflowing containers, perfectly color coordinated and always in full bloom, are possible. The flawless perennial border, each plant realizing its potential, is possible.

If you are like me, you made mistakes in the garden last year. Those lessons learned are now just notations in a garden journal. Now is the time for growth – in the garden and in the gardener.

I took a walk around my landscape the other day, rejoicing in the growth of spring. The weather has indicated anything but spring the last few weeks, but the plants showed no signs of concern. They continue, undeterred, growing.

The elegant purple blooms of Iris cristata rise from fans of foliage.
The elegant purple blooms of Iris cristata will ascend from fans of foliage.
Peony stems rise from the garden floor.
Peony stems rise from the garden floor.
It won't be long before sweet woodruff forms a weed-choking mat in the shade garden.
It won’t be long before sweet woodruff forms a weed-choking mat.
My shade garden wouldn't be the same without the periwinkle blue, bell-shaped flowers of Virginia bluebells.
My shade garden wouldn’t be the same without Virginia bluebells.
Sedum 'Angelina' wakes up with a glow.
Sedum ‘Angelina’ wakes up with a glow.
This little Campanula in the rock garden shows off nodding blue flowers.
This little Campanula in the rock garden will show off nodding blue flowers.

Let’s all burst forth, undeterred like the plants in our landscapes, with renewed purpose to the garden. Garden with me!

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