greeting spring in the garden
Even though it is still wintery at Rose Cottage, the signs of spring are starting to slowly emerge! Yesterday, I received the best “spring is just around the corner” gift–the sweetest little herb garden for the kitchen window!
The fragrance of the rosemary, oregano and thyme just made my fingers itch for the rich, dark soil of the kitchen garden-even though there is over a foot of snow on the beds! Ruth Stout captured my sentiments when she wrote, “I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.” Where do you like to greet spring?
little signs of spring
The signs of spring have been hinting everywhere the past few days. Have you noticed the sun is a bit higher, the sky more blue and colorful bundles of tulips are blooming at the local markets? When I start seeing these signs of spring, the winter blues slowly melt away and I have renewed energy!
Melissa from The Inspired Room has posted 20 Little Things to Look Forward to In Spring. Besides hearing the sweet song of Jenny Wren and the soft, deep-throated call of the bluebirds each morning, feeling invigorated again is one aspect of spring I anticipate most.
more…20 more things to look forward to in spring
1. hanging linens on the clothes line (smell of fresh sheets-the best!)
2. watching bluebirds nesting in the dovecote
3. filling window boxes with all sorts of pink flowers
4. laying on carpets of soft green moss in the woods
5. wearing sandals
6. leaving the windows open at night and watching the curtains sway in the breeze
7. cutting fresh garlic chives from the kitchen garden
8. sitting on the porch swing with my VBS
9. grilling freshly-picked aspargus
10. watching the daffodil bulbs emerge from their slumber
11. listening to Jenny Wren sing a “good morning to you” song
12. collecting more turquoise and brown eggs from “the girls”
14. picking violets–especially “freckles”
15. listening for the hot air balloons overhead
16. planting early peas
17. smelling all the “earthy smells” as the ground comes out of hibernation
18. going to the farmer’s market on Saturday
19. tasting fresh maple syrup from the sugar bush
20. hearing the laughter of children
What would you add to YOUR list about “little things to look forward to in spring?”
And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Sensitive Plant”
(Photos taken at Hurricane Ridge in Washington.)
How are you awaiting the arrival of spring around your home?