Searching for Spring

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“Woods were ringed with a colour so soft, so subtle

that it could scarcely be said to be a colour at all.

It was more the idea of a colour –

as if the trees were dreaming green dreams

or thinking green thoughts.”


Susanna Clarke 


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It is still winter here.  It only takes a single step out on the porch to prove this.  I still reach for a chunky sweater each day, and huge pots of home made soup offer us warmth and comfort.  I keep reminding us both of March snowstorms in years passed.

And yet we, and everyone we know, are waiting for spring.  We’re watching for the earliest signs of nature’s shifting.    All it takes is a few hours of warmth and sunshine to draw us outside.


Flowers from our garden, finally in their vase.

Flowers from our garden, finally in their vase.


Yesterday, we drove out to visit our friends at Homestead Garden Center.   They are weather watchers, too, of course.  I was curious to see what signs of spring they might have on offer.

Aside from freshly delivered pallets of compost, we found precious little.  They know that winter’s not yet finished with us, too.


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They did have a cart of gorgeous bright primroses, raised since autumn in their greenhouses.  They time the first ones to arrive just before Valentine’s Day.  What joy to simply gaze at them and soak in the colors!


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And inside the shop, we found sprouting Hyacinth bulbs.  Our first sweet breath of spring.  I always bless those whose planning makes these late winter flowers possible.


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These precious winter flowers get us through February.

We left with a tray of little bulbs in their forcing glasses, some compost, and a set of empty pots.  The compost is ready for that next warm day when I’m itching to work in the garden.  The pots stand ready to move the olive trees up for the season ahead.


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And the bulbs are for sharing spring with a few loved ones who need it as much as  we….


Woodland Gnome 2016


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6 responses to “Searching for Spring

  1. I’m always excited when the primroses arrive at the local markets! A hint that spring is soon to come🌺🌷🌼 Lovely thoughts here, WG

  2. What a beautiful hyacinth and I love the crackled glass holder. Your vase also caught my eye – it’s gorgeous. You seem to have a great vase collection!
    The garden center’s primroses look so healthy and vigorous. They pale the grocery store offerings.

    • Thank you, Eliza. I can’t begin to describe the love and care- and organic fertilizer- Joel and his family pour into the plants they raise. I can’t wait until his lettuce bowls show up in a few weeks! Delicious, and you can eat it right out of the pot it is so clean. We have a re-store close by. Many of my vases come from there and from rummage sales. We enjoy them whether they hold flowers or not 😉 Thank you for your sweet words, Eliza. Hope your day is a good one, WG

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