Each year as winter draws to a close, I eagerly anticipate the arrival of spring flowers; first the snowdrops and crocus, then lilac and primroses, followed by lily of the valley and more. The icing on the cake is always the sighting of the first robin. All these bring me joy, because the cold of winter does not thrill me at all.
I always need to curb my desire to begin sowing seeds. I visualize how I want my garden to look and begin to plan each step. More and more, I am planting pollinator species. It saddens me that we are losing bee and Monarch butterfly species. I now plant with their needs in mind.
Of course late snowstorms often bring my dreaming to a halt, nevertheless, the creative gardener in me cannot be stopped for long.
I love the fresh crisp air; the sounds of birds returning from their winter migration, and the pull of the great outdoors. To me there is nothing quite like it. Nature coming back to life again, after a long cold sleep.
To those of you that do not have the gift of a garden, here are a few pictures of flowers in my garden.