Seasonal Celebrations Revealed-March 2013

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No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.  ~Hal Borland

 

 

Winter still has its grip on us here with late season snow and cold, but I take solace in this quote and know that spring will come in her own time.

And when I read a quote like this, I know that there is a spiritual awakening that happens when spring arrives…new growth both in the IMG_0151garden and me.  All through the winter I have been preparing and growing just like the garden… to be one with it and whatever it brings me.  I welcome spring with the open arms of a friend who has been gone too long.

The joy of spring is revealed in the way nature paints the landscape.  The barren brown earth comes alive suddenly from its winter slumber.  First the fresh green shoots appear all over followed by bright colors dotting the land, drawing in our eye and opening the senses that have slumbered all winter.

My spring mantra is to let loose my creative side more.  I have begun the taking of careful notes as winter has given back the soil, and I will explore the changes and designs I wish to incorporate this year as I paint the garden.

Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil.  ~Bishop Reginald Heber

 

But for now let’s look at the celebrations this new spring season is bringing in the Northern Hemisphere:

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Beth@PlantPostings told us of a special spring day in her garden in A time to every purpose.  The sights, sounds, scents and sensations of spring bring it all back as I wait with Beth for spring to arrive.  And the arrival of the hummers is a special event we both await.

 

 

Holley@Roses and Other Gardening Joys shares a special story of Fields of Gold.

One of the Seasonal Celebrations I have always looked forward to in spring is going by the home in which my great-grandmother lived most of her adult life.  And where she planted a beautiful garden.  I can remember playing in her garden as a child.  I spent many summers there under her crape myrtle trees, playing in the dirt.  Now I always make a special trip to go by there in spring, because that’s when the daffodils bloom.

Holley will be digging up some of these special daffs to make fields of gold around her home.  Such a special spring Holley will have every year wrapped in her great-grandmothers love.

 

 

At Life-Change-CompostSusan Troccolo sings a celebration of spring with her tribute to the American Robin.  Susan tells the story of IMG_0154the robin’s nest near her front door and the wonder of watching this special event.

The early-bird song of the American Robin is often the first to tell us that spring is finally coming.

I also wait for the first chorus from the robins to herald in spring.  And the hope to have them nest again and watch the fledglings take flight.

 

 

Karin@Southern Meadows shared the top 10 things she likes best about spring.  From birds to butterflies to beautiful azaleas Karin hits many of my favorite spring things.  But I think my favorites on her list are sinking my hands into the soil and planting a veg garden.

 

 

Loredana@Blogging Away took us on a lovely walk making Winter and Spring Reflections.  She ended up at a wonderful greenhouse filled with spring plants growing.  And she discovered snapdragons one of my favorite flowers that I love to grow from seed.  What a wonderful way to spend a cold winter day.

 

Andrea@igardendaily takes us on a special trip that celebrates spring for her, The Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle.  Attending one show makes Andrea think of spring and celebrate the change of seasons.  She certainly brought it to life for me, and this is one show I hope to visit in the coming year or so.

 

Michelle@The Sage Butterfly  presents the Lessons of Winter.  Her appreciation of winter brings her the joy of spring:

Spring bursts out with such fervor and beauty. It reminds us of all the things that life can offer, such as innocence, joy, creativity. We cannot walk out of our door without seeing its smile in the abundance of flowers, the gushing buds, or the drenching of color. 

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Cathy@Words and Herbs is celebrating spring in Bavaria with the coming of St. Joseph’s Day on March 19th signaling the end of winter.  Cathy is waiting anxiously for those first spring flowers to appear especially the native scillas a favorite flower of mine too.

 

 

B-A-G@Experiments with Plantscelebration post takes us from the thought of the spring season, in London, with stored energy of bulbs to the idea of springs used as devices of support, and right back to the garden of discovery.

 

 

Now let’s turn to the celebrations of the new autumn season in the Southern Hemisphere:

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Bernie@My Dry Tropics Garden brought her wonderful Australian garden to life in this post.  She recently commented to me:

As you head into Spring, we head into our Autumn down here in Oz. In my north-eastern corner of Australia, the Autumn is not marked by lovely colour changes or markedly cooler days. We do however get a slight drop in temps which makes life far more comfortable after a horrid summer. The big difference though is the dramatic drop in humidity levels. We can get out into our gardens during the day once the early Autumn days arrive.

I think it would be fun to experience autumn around the world or spring for that matter.

 

 

Closer to the equator, a different season is already happening:

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Andrea@Andrea in this Lifetime is marking the dry season in the Philippines with the Horticulture Show.  What a gorgeous outdoor event.  I have always wished we would have more flower shows outdoors as the sunlight makes the plants shine.

 

Also on Andrea’s other blog, Pure Oxygen Generators, she profiles her Dry Season Blooms.   The blooms are so colorful and tropical in both her seasons.  I still am in awe of the fact that she has two wonderful blogs where she writes frequently showing off gorgeous photos.

 

 

Well there you have our Seasonal Celebrations from around the world.  Every post is beautifully written with amazing photos showcasing the talents of these wonderful bloggers.  I really love reading all these posts that teach me so much about my surroundings and our fantastic planet.  I hope you will join me for our next installment in this meme which will start June 1st.

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All through the long winter, I dream of my garden. On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar.  ~Helen Hayes

 

 

***I am painting this post of the beginning of spring with the first crocus, snow crocus or Crocus sieberi,  that still hang on despite the frigid temps and snow that is continuing right through the beginning of spring.  They are true resilient heroes of my early spring garden.

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52 comments

  1. KL says:

    All of you are great writers! Wow! if we collect all these writings of all these garden blogs, we can some kind of mythical, magical literature full of wonders of the nature-world.

    What’s the meme that is going to start from April 1? If possible, I will try to join. Thanks.

    • Donna says:

      Thanks KL. The next part of Seasonal Celebrations will be the celebration of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and fall in the Southern Hemisphere. It starts with a post I will do on June 1st. Then anyone can write a post to let us know how you celebrate the change of seasons. The post has to be written before the 20th of June.

      Hope you can join us.

  2. Lavender Cottage says:

    The calendar says spring, and so does my inner clock, but there are big fluffy snowflakes dancing in the air this morning.
    I’ll return to read what the gardener’s have to share later today.
    Judith

  3. igardendaily says:

    Thanks Donna – for another thoughtful post. I definitely need to remember the first quote during some of the harder winter months! I can’t wait to read some of the other posts by the bloggers joining in Seasonal Celebrations. I, too, joined in but I think I did it a bit wrong as my Seasonal Celebration post (Flower and Garden Shows: What’s Not To Like!) posted today. Anyway, sorry about that but I did include your meme and a link so maybe some folks will hop on over. And now, to reading…
    Thanks again!

  4. Cathy says:

    Thank you for this lovely round up of seasonal posts Donna – I’m looking forward to reading them all this evening as the sleet and rain beats against the windows! Happy first day of spring, even if it is still chilly! 😀

    • Donna says:

      Seems spring and winter are tugging at each other for position. Right now it is sunny and the snow is melting. By the end of the week I may see my spring garden.

  5. The Sage Butterfly says:

    Such a wonderful post to appreciate the seasons. I love that first quote, too. When I see the first signs of budding and flowering, it makes me giddy with delight that spring has decided to come. Happy spring!

    • Donna says:

      Happy Spring Michelle….glad you enjoyed all the celebrations of the season. Waiting for my first spring day here so I can see those first buds break free.

  6. Grace Peterson says:

    What a delightful post, Donna. I love how people celebrate the changing seasons in small but significant ways. For me, spring means my gardening efforts go into high gear. Getting things cleaned up and moving plants around–projects I enjoy so much while my Daphne odora sends her sweet scent to caress my nose. Cheers!

    • Donna says:

      Sounds wonderful Grace…once the new snow melts and the garden dries a bit I can get started in the garden with chores too…oh and those first peas need to be planted soon I hope!

  7. Charlie@Seattle Trekker says:

    I can’t explain it but I have that same sense of joy about spring this year, more, much more than in the past. There is a sense of reveling in each new plant that pops up through the ground. I really enjoyed your post and your photos. Thank you for sharing.

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Donna….we always get spring but it may not be as idyllic as I would like….right now our spring has brought a foot of fresh spring snow…the bird wars are starting at the suet feeder with the starlings return as the natural food sources are covered. Supposed to warm up next weekend finally with normal temps.

      Glad you liked that first shot…it was fun and interesting positioning myself to get it just right. Those crocus are buried and will unfurl again once this snow melts.

  8. HolleyGarden says:

    I always enjoy this meme. I have loved hearing everyone’s thoughts about spring. And I love that blogging allows us to learn about the seasons and gardens from around the world. It’s so interesting to hear how every gardener celebrates the change of seasons, no matter where they live.

    • Donna says:

      Holley that is exactly why I started this meme as I was interested in the celebration of the seasons around the world…so much fun to learn!!

  9. Cat says:

    Sweet, sweet crocus popping up … I love the first shot especially, Donna. It speaks so much to the bold arrival of spring’s first flowers.

  10. Janet/Plantaliscious says:

    That first photo sums it all up beautifully Donna, what a great shot. And even though looking out the window it is hard to believe that Spring is on its way, you are right, it will indeed come and we can all do a little unfurling and unleash some creativity.

    • Donna says:

      Spring is soon on its way Janet…that picture certainly sums up my spring so far…the snow has won and covered the crocus but not for long.

    • Donna says:

      Oh I know it has been awful here…we have about 6 inches again on top of the 8 from Tuesday and more falling through tomorrow…very cold…no spring expect for a day or 2 when I could take these pictures..these crocus bloomed fast and are now buried…

  11. Elaine says:

    What a beautiful photo of the crocus….they seem to be glowing! I am definitely walking taller and there is a spring in my step now that we’ve passed the dark months….it’s spring, hurray!
    Elaine

    • Donna says:

      Catherine it seems so many are still awaiting spring to finally stay…I think she will soon and it will be grand indeed…so glad you loved the post!

  12. Loredana Donovan says:

    Hi Donna, thank you so much for highlighting my post. You did such a nice job summarizing everyone’s share. I’ve visited a few but still catching up. I really enjoy your meme, what a wonderful idea to celebrate the beginning of each season. I’ll be back to read some of your posts I missed. Happy Spring! 🙂

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Tatyana. I really enjoy the the wrap up of this meme as the bloggers who contribute do such a fantastic job. Love to have you participate anytime.

  13. Laura Bloomsbury says:

    an inspiration to fellow garden bloggers Donna. Will take me some time following through on the contributors but the names are familar and will enjoy doing catch up. Love the crocus in soft focus here – more like chalices than cups.
    p.s. it’s cold, sleety wet snow and nothing much to celebrate here at the moment with spring at east 4 weeks behind itself.

    • Donna says:

      Laura, I think we will actually be right on track as soon as the snow melts. I am honored by your comment…the crocuses do glow like chalices don’t they!

  14. PlantPostings says:

    Fantastic wrap-up, Donna! Your Crocus photos are stunning! You are way ahead of me this year (flip-flopped from last year–weird, huh?). I still don’t have any blooms in my garden, and it just keeps snowing! But, as you know, I was able to escape a bit to Florida last week, which was much-needed late-winter therapy. Hence, my tardy comment on this fabulous post. Happy Spring, dear Donna!

    • Donna says:

      Thank you Beth…those crocus were soon covered by more and more snow so we are still waiting for spring to come again and stay. Then we should see things speed into spring. Glad you enjoyed FL…you needed it!!

  15. Pam's English Garden says:

    I love this meme, Donna! I learn so much from around-the-world gardeners whose blogs I read. I am continually amazed at the writing and gardening talent ‘out there’. I feel truly blessed to have this experience, and to have made friends such as you. P. x

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