Sunday, January 16, 2011

Dreaming of Spring

Six inches!  Yep, that's how much rain we've received over the last couple of days.  Rained so hard today I couldn't get an internet connection until tonight.

So, what do you do when the sky is falling?  While it's cold, rainy, snowing, freezing, or just not gardening weather?  Daydream, of course!

In the winter I dream of spring:

And read gardening books to learn more about my favorite hobby, read gardening blogs to find out what other gardeners are doing, look through old garden pictures to remind me that the garden will come to life again, and plan.

Planning is a very important part of gardening, perhaps one of the most important.  You can plan new areas, improvement of existing areas, plan for new plants and flowers, plan hardscaping - the list is endless.

In my mind, I am entertaining the thought of a new area with tall orange cannas and orange ditch daylilies.  A simple idea.  But one that is hardy, tough, low maintenance and eye catching.

Now to go through the bulb catalogs that have been swamping my mailbox for weeks for the perfect cultivar - at a good price, of course!

Right now, spring may just be a fond remembrance, and a foggy future.  But, rainy days and winter nights are prime time for daydreaming, and for turning those daydreams into a plan for execution in the spring.

      "There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling."
     - Mirabel Osler

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