Did you know I celebrated my birthday on the first day of spring? Yup, that’s when I was born. Me, Spike Lee, Brian Mulroney (former Prime Minister of Canada 1984-1993) and Big Bird. The only reason I mention this is because I normally get the biggest case of Spring Fever known to mankind. I’m the first one at the plant store buying my seeds for the year. I have things planned so many times in my head and on paper that the Yard Ape thinks I could take over a small country with no problems at all.
I get swept off my feet this time of year when the snow melts, the birdsong fills the air and I open up my little tiny greenhouse for the first time. There is nothing like that sweet, rotten smell in there. I can work away in there for hours, but that hasn’t been the case this year.
The weather totally sucks. So much so that the season is retarded. I maintain a private estate for a client and I was working with a crew a couple of weeks ago. I remarked that the only thing that could grow in this kind of weather is mushrooms, lies and maybe a fart or two.
It still feels really good to be back in the garden. Both for work and here at home. I have noticed that although there was no big party for spring this year, more like a sad kazoo. There is a harmony that comes in to my life at this time of year. I look back at all the gardening seasons that I’ve experienced in my life and all the hard work and time it has taken for me to get to here. The many plants and designs I’ve had to arrange and rearrange. Despite it all, I’m right where I need to be and things have come along better than I ever could have imagined.
Thinking back to the autumn, it didn’t seem that long ago when all the leaves fell away and then there is nothing but bare branches.
Even if the trumpets didn’t blow this year, Spring still has shown up just as it should.
If you are hanging in there trying not to lose you Impatients. I want to challenge you to go searching for beauty while you wait. If you open yourself up to seeing in a new way, you might just be surprised to see what rises up to meet you.