My Excuse is Spring

I was on a roll with writing and then spring arrived. With spring comes an energy that I get swept up in. The whole world around me comes to life and I become a part of that.

Even though I have only a tiny piece of this earth to take care of, it takes time and energy. Because this house was new construction I am taking the care of this bit of ground seriously. I feel it’s my job to heal and rebuild my little bit of land.

So I’ve been raking, weeding, mulching and planting. I’m very happy that I planted so many bulbs last fall and am enjoying the crocuses, daffodils and tulips.

I’ve had fun seeing what the anemones would do since I’ve never grown those before. Bulbs are so cheerful in the spring and well worth the effort.

Gardening is also creative. I spend a lot of time trying to decide what to plant and where. It’s fun to think about colors and textures. Gardening is a bit of trying to predict the future; envisioning how plants and flowers will look when they are mature.

There is something about spending time on the ground that is so healing and calming. Stewardship of the land is a two-way street; the land and I take care of each other. Ultimately this is the basis of life here on earth and being able to literally be ‘hands on’ is wonderful.

This post got a little deep, didn’t it?

So back to writing. I have seasons of writing too. Luckily I have a few friends who periodically ask me how my writing is going and that is the gentle nudge I need. Now I am back at it. Thanks to you who keep me going. I appreciate it.

I would write more today but the outdoors is calling!

I hope all of you are enjoying spring or whatever season you are in. Keep creating where ever you are!

May Be

After the flooding, torrential rain we got on Wednesday, May Day was a beautiful gift. The sun came out and the temperatures rose into the 70’s.

There is something cleansing and rejuvenating about that kind of rain and the strong sunshine of Spring.

After work I was able to spend a little time outside. I took my old dog, Shadow, out with me and even she got a burst of energy. She happily sniffed and trotted her way around the yard. Despite being almost fourteen, she had a little puppy energy.

This was the first time this year that I could wear my sandals and I couldn’t resist taking them off and enjoying the feel of the grass under my feet. This is something everyone should do from time to time. Either go barefoot or just sitting on soft grass is wonderful!

I decided to do a little weeding and enjoyed the feel and smell of the awakening soil. Soon dark clouds arrived and we had to go inside but it was a short downpour and the sun came out again.

There was a rainbow! I think these are always a miracle in the sky. The raindrops were literally sparkling like jewels in the sun and shimmering on the trees.

Then my best gift of the day arrived at the back fence where the bleeding hearts (dicentra) had just bloomed; a hummingbird flitted from flower to flower. I love hummingbirds and I think this is one of the earliest I’ve seen one here.

If I hadn’t taken the time to enjoy the moment yesterday, I would have missed all of these wonderful things.

The month of May is full of life here and one of the most beautiful times of the year.

I think I will make the month of May a time of Being. Just a moment or two to find something to admire in the world around me.

Maybe this will make me appreciate the gift of life even on the hard days.

Would anyone else like to try this?

May Be?

 

 

 

The Surprise of Bulbs

One of the pleasures of growing bulbs is the feeling of surprise when they come up and bloom in places you forgot about. It’s a small miracle when you plant this little round thing that looks like an onion in the fall, all winter it lies dormant, then by some unseen signal, it begins to grow when it seems like the ground is too cold to support growth. But grow they do. The earliest bulbs grow and bloom before most other plants are even showing a hint of life. They continue to do this year after year. How great is that?

Daffodils & Tulips

Daffodils & Tulips

Another wonderful thing about bulbs is when you see one blooming in the unlikeliest of places. A couple of weeks ago, there was a single daffodil growing and blooming right through the asphalt of a driveway. That is perseverance!

I also love it when there is a single tulip or daffodil along the side of the road. I wonder how it got there. Was it dropped from a passing car or truck? Was it in a pot and thrown away? How did it manage to establish itself there and thrive? Roadsides are not a gentle place to grow.

I’ve seen daffodils blooming out of the sides of river banks and imagine a flood in the past that washed the bulb from its home and eventually the water left it on the bank to grow and flower for all who pass.

Then there are the bulbs that talk to me of history. They are growing in wooded, weed-filled lots. It makes me wonder about the house that used to be there and the person who lovingly planted that bulb. How long had it been growing? Why is the house gone now? There are stories there that beg for attention.

Flowering bulbs make me smile in delight no matter where they show up.

 

Change is a coming

The first signs of spring are so exciting and this post and these photos capture it beautifully. Please visit sethsnap to see more wonderful posts and photos.

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Signs that a change is coming are slowly popping up here in the Ohio Valley.  The birds are doing their famous spring dance.  The hardiest of flowers are showing their colors and the others are starting to bud.  The old of winter is starting to fall off and fade away.  The air is changing.  Mother Nature is pumping her giant air freshener into the air, filling the sky with fresh new smells.  All of these signs are saying that soon spring will be here.  I’m ready.  Are you?

Flowers:

  • White with green or  yellow hearts-Snowdrop Galanthus   or Spring snowflake Leucojum vernum
  • All Yellow-Winter aconite Eranthis hyemalis

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Spring is Near!

Happy last day of February!

I just heard a mockingbird singing this morning outside my window. I’ve noticed for the past week that the birds have found their voices after a long quiet winter. The herons are back across the street rebuilding their nests and I’ve seen a couple of geese already paired.
Spring is near!

Northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

Northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

English: Great Blue Heron

English: Great Blue Heron (Photo credit: Wikipedia)