Today is ‘officially’ the first day of spring. That’s what it says on the calendar but in reality our garden is still snowed in. The temperature is hovering a little bit above 30°F and there will be more snow coming down tonight and continuing until Wednesday night. We expect a foot of wet snow accumulation added to what we already have on the ground. That’s why I say ‘officiallythe first day of spring on the calendar‘ only.
Plants in the little plot right next to the house have started to come up. Daffodils and irises the previous owner planted next to the garage are sprouting leaves. The Siberian garlic are braving themselves in the cold next to melting snow and will be buried again tonight. But they are Siberian, they should be fine. Rocambole garlic that I’ve been growing for many years are still staying comfortable underground.
Inside the house is another story. Amaryllis ‘Red Lion’ that one of my colleagues gave me many years ago welcomed spring with its bright red flowers. Still one more set of flowers from this bulb is just about to bloom. I moved them up from the basement as soon as the flower buds came up.
Hibiscus ‘The Path’ also senses the warmth of spring and welcomes it with a bright yellow flower. I found that the color is paler than when the plant is outside but it’s still beautiful and cheerful as all hibiscus are. I left it in the basement though, since it’s too big to be in the bay window with the other plants.
But, …darn, We’re still waiting for reality spring.
I have been rescuing plants that people throw away after the blooms have faded, mostly bulbs. I haven’t bought any flower bulbs since my first batch was eaten by squirrels and chipmunks. But my garden still has flowers from bulbs here and there: tulips, hyacinths and daffodils. They were rescued from garbage bins elsewhere and now are healthy and proliferating, probably thankful for not being part of a landfill. I realized that squirrels and chipmunks won’t eat the bulbs that have sprouted leaves. I put the bulbs right in the ground when I got them home and subsequently none were dug up and eaten.
My rescued bulbs lately have been Amaryllis. Once the flowers faded the plants mostly end up in the garbage. I take them home, put them together in a bigger pot and let them be.
And, in the middle of winter, this has blossomed.
It provides some color in the house, though white, and keeps me occupied with capturing their image. Trapped in the house by nasty weather outside but enjoying the beauty of this Amaryllis. Knowing this bulb is happy enough to bloom makes me happy.
As this year is coming to a close, it’s a time to reflect and plan for a new season, and hope to do better than the last. As a gardener and beekeeper, each season comes with a challenge of its own. Either I end up with success or failure, but it’s always a learning experience being taught by nature. I am happy to be her apprentice and grateful for her guidance.
“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences ofeach…” Henry David Thoreau, August 23, 1853
He summed it all up above in his journal. Whether we call it ‘live in the moment’ or a ‘simple happiness’, living close to nature and following her guidance is much more fulfilling.
Wishing you very happy holidays and a very happy New Year 2015. A better season and a better year for all.