A New Season

First crocus of spring

 

Our garden is awakening here in Colorado. The first crocus bloomed yesterday!

The daffodils are budding, and the tulips are emerging.

 

Daffodil buds

tulips coming up

 

It’s sunny and mild, too, so I’ve been puttering and doing a little cleaning up in the yard.

I know better than to clear away the leaves that are still protecting tender young plants and shoots, because our springtime weather is always unpredictable. So I’ve been trimming branches that were broken by heavy snows, pulling young weeds, sweeping sidewalks and watering shrubs.

The hardy vinca is starting to bloom, warmed by the sunny rocks on the south side of the yard.

 

early spring vinca

 

I often feel introspective when I’m working in the garden. Do you?

 

Spring garden

 

Grateful for a patch of ground to tend, I wonder what might need weeding and pruning and cultivating in my life this season.

 

Strawberry plants

 

Springtime signals rebirth, reawakening, and newness. As I work, I silently pray for renewed energy, for new ideas to sprout, and to see people and situations in a new light.

 

Budding branches

 

Our garden has places of disappointment, too.

Sometimes I discover that something I planted, watered, nurtured and tried so hard to grow didn’t survive the winter. Help me accept this outcome, and clear the way for something new, I whisper.

Has a new season arrived in your part of the world? Is your garden awakening? Do you have any thoughts or insights you’d like to share? I always love hearing from you.

Hugs,

The signature for Eliza Cross

 

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

5 comments to A New Season

  • Colette

    Well, several years ago, my best friend and I planted shoots from a white common lilac bush. Hers turned out great. Mine turned out to not be any kind of a lilac, but some ugly willowy twiggy bush. It’s coming out this spring!

    We are in yet another cold snap. Tonight’s low is expected to be -16c. I look forward to Monday’s high of +8c. We still haven’t started break-up yet…

    I think I’ll look at the grocery store for a little fragrant hyacinth 🙂

  • We are in Colorado too – today has been so beautiful and warm. There are a few buds here but my crocus still haven’t appeared….I’m hoping the squirrels didn’t dig up the bulbs!

  • We have some daffodils coming up. It’ll be interesting to see if they flower. Sometimes they’ll come up but if there’s a really bad freeze, the flowers won’t open 🙁

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