New Year is a wonderful time of the year – it always brings hope that the new year will be better than last year (even if last year was good), resolutions are made, and we promise ourselves to be better persons this year in every respect. To me one of the best parts of the New Year is that, from now on, each day, without fail, gets longer – even if it is only by a minute or so a day until Summer Solstice (well, OK, so it technically started with Winter Solstice). Knowing that the days are actually getting longer makes it so much easier to get through this dark time of the year, and you can start counting down to spring. And you know this is one promise that will not be broken.
And I’m sure I can ﬁnd space in my garden for more of these new colorful ﬂowers – and my husband shakes his head and says, “Sure they are nice but, do you have a space for them?” Of course I have a space for them – the question is whether I have the right conditions (we have a lot of shade and I always try to grow ﬂowers that require more sun than I can give them). But I still have time to wait another month or so before I order, and in the meantime I can plan the garden areas and where to ﬁnd the perfect spot for the new additions — must also remember to check on whether they allegedly are as unpalatable to deer as they are delectable to me. I must also confess that it is also easier to plan on a garden now when the work of preparing any new area, or moving plants around, is so far ahead. If only one could expend on new garden beds all the work that goes into shoveling snow, then it would be OK, and half of my dilemmas about getting more new homes for the plants would be solved. — Birthe
What are YOU most looking forward to this spring?