“How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence.

Pollyanna and her glad game have no place around here. She’d be struck mute. 28˚ doesn’t merit hats, horns or balloons. I’m still astonished today’s paper called this a warming trend. It also warned the cold would be back next week. Our definition of cold seems to have been forever altered after the last two weeks.

I am not one to run to warm places in the winter. In January one year I went to Morocco. Despite it being their winter, it was comparatively warm to winter here. The Moroccans wore winter coats and wool caps. I wore a sweatshirt.

Springs makes me forget winter. I exalt in the green shoots which appear first in my garden. I watch their progress. The buds sheathed in green are next and then color starts to appear through the green. I want to yell and cheer. Finally the first flowers bloom, always the croci (I did have four years of Latin) and the hyacinths. Purple, white and yellow flowers dot the side and front gardens. I always stop and admire the flowers for the colorful miracles they are.

At Christmas I take a ride to see the lights. I hunger for color. I stop for a bit at the brightest houses. I even sit in the car to look at my house strung with both white and colored lights shining through the darkness. Even now I have lights on part of my deck rail and on a couple of bottle trees in the backyard. The prayer flags and the Mexican banners hung between trees in my yard are victims of the wind and snow. I miss them.

I go on flower rides in the early spring. The yards along 6A are filled with croci, hyacinth and tulips. I love the colors, but even more I love that winter has finally been displaced.

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10 Comments on ““How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence.”

  1. olof1 Says:

    So warm 28 🙂 🙂 Too bad the cold weather will return again! It has been snowing since early afternoon and the ground is still white but I’m not sure it will stay until tomorrow morning, it is supposed to stay above 32F all night.

    Living in farm land not many gardens have especially many flowers in their gardens, even if it isn’t a farm. Traditions hold their grip firmly here. They might have two apple trees and perhaps a plum or cherry tree, some berry bushes and the rest is grass. They think I’m a bit odd for having flowers that aren’t useful as food 🙂

    Did You know that Swedes are the ones buying most tulips per person in the world? Most people seems to be a bit obsessed by them because they mean spring here. But Croci are the first ones in the garden but the spring flowers above them all here are the Blue anemone and the white wood anemone, spring hasn’t sprung until they show up.

    I still have my little christmas tree in my living room 🙂 it looks so nice when I get up early in the morning and all other lights are out.

    have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      We will have a really warm day tomorrow with a lot of rain perhaps turning to snow. It will get cold at night and I expect the freeze.

      Here people love flower gardens and maybe a small patch for herbs or vegetables. I have all three.

      I believe I also have anemone in the front garden. You know me-I never remember the names of other than the most common flowers.

      I love the yard lights!

      Enjoy the evening!!

  2. Bob Says:

    This year the groundhog was correct, six more weeks of frigid weather. Springtime is wonderful for folks who don’t suffer from allergies. A few years ago I took my son to Washinton DC in Aptil and the cherry trees around the Turing basin were in full bloom. They were a gift from the government of Japan after WWI. The annual change of season will come soon enough. Before uou know it the Rangers will be in last place, the temperature will be in triple digits and it will be mid August.

    Cloudy today with a high of 65. Tomorrow the first cold front will bring rain and cooler weather but tomorrow evening the artic front which is now in South Dakota will arrive with sleet and freezing rain on Mondsy morning.

    • katry Says:

      Did you know we gave some of the branches ready for planting back to Japan? They were losing their trees from some blight so we reciprocated their gift.

      Years back some of the trees were found cut down. People were horrified. They watched to catch the perp. It was a beaver. He and his Mrs. were going to be put in the National Zoo but there was an outcry so they were flown to a new home away from the cherry trees.

      We never have triple digits and seldom even hit 90˚. The 80’s are considered blistery here.

      We’;l have a warm day tomorrow then cold again.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    This morning the dogs and I went out the door for the morning walk. There in front of the door was a mound of coyote poo. This is cat nip to my dogs. Piki Dog especially likes to grind his white furred body in coyote poo. Fortunately I realized it before he could do so. Thank you Wile E. Coyote. :/

    I wish there were Christmas lights lit right now. It’s steely grey outside and rather menacing as well. So far this week I’ve purchased two pots of mini daffodils in an effort to dispel the grey. It’s not working. Even knitting with yellow yarn is not enough. Spring needs to come soonest.

    On the positive side, I can use the the mounds of snow beside my front door as a place to store the extra bag of ice. The very cold back mud room is excellent for chilling drinks and cooling chicken stock quickly.

    Enjoy the day and stay warm and dry.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      The lights on my deck look great. I look at them all the time. They keep the winter darkness at bay.

      I also had the mini dafs but they didn’t help me much either. The tulips I got on Valentine’s day helped a bit.

      The dog’s canned food was in the car so I had to fetch the cans. The food was frozen. I ran hot water over a can and put it in a hot bath then microwaved it for a bit. It worked.

      I am planning my appies for the Oscar viewing party. I think I’ll take a nap then go get what I need.

      Have a great evening!

  4. minicapt Says:

    Croci are up … white, yellow, and purple.
    Daffodils are now opening.
    Fuchsia are beginning …
    Hyacinths have begun.
    Lilacs soon.


  5. kathryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I haven’t commented in such a long time but still enjoy reading your blog. I wish spring would come here (UK) too, though our winter has been nothing compared to yours!
    I have a wee boy & am enjoying relearning the names of all the trees & flowers so I can teach him, like my
    Mum taught me. I saw my first crocuses & snowdrops last week which gave me hope spring is on the way!

    • katry Says:

      Hi Kathryn,
      Good to have you back for a visit. I remember an April in England when hillsides were filled with crocus. It was glorious.

      I don’t know many of the names. I look up the flowers and buy then but quickly forget what they are. If I had a wee boy, I’d definitely memorize them so he too could learn their names. It sounds joyful.

      Those are some of our first flowers too, but they’d have to grow very tall to rise above 6 or more feet on the ground!

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