Early morning walks are becoming more and more enjoyable as Connecticut’s temperatures gradually warm, mounds of snow slowly melt, and Spring continues to overpower Winter. I expect that the Old Man will not go out without a fight but, little by little, he is losing his grip on southern New England.
Gardeners, as stewards of growing greenery, have a special relationship with Spring. It’s time for renewal, repair, and restoration. As Connecticut gardeners watch record snowfall leisurely melt away, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the mess of fallen branches, packed down leaves, damaged shrubbery, and general mayhem left behind. A lot of work awaits and if we’re not careful the magnitude of this year’s clean up chores can easily overpower the sense of wonder and delight that only Spring brings.
To overcome any remaining winter negativity, and to focus on the opportunity to rekindle my relationship with all I plant, grow, and harvest, I came up with a gardener’s definitions of Spring.
Anticipation: snow melting from planting beds.
Expectation: how many flowers will newly emerging bulb shoots produce.
Prospect: packets of seeds.
Hope: planting seeds.
Suspense: waiting for seeds to sprout, perennials to show new growth, and tree and shrub buds to swell.
Bated breath: comes from waiting and watching for indoor started seeds to survive to outdoor transplantation, for transplants to survive to maturity, for fruits and flowers to mature.
Excitement: Bulbs and perennials poking from the ground, birds singing and building nests, warming sunshine.
In the meantime how do you fight feeling overwhelmed by the mess winter leaves behind?
How do you define Spring?