Seasonal Celebrations-Spring Light

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“The sun never says to the earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that. It lights up the whole sky.”  ~ Hafiz

 

As March begins, the dawning of a new season is upon us.  And not just any season……SPRING!!!  A gardener’s delight as we thaw, defrost and begin to come out of the daze of winter.  And what a winter.  The coldest January in 5 years.  February brought snow and continued cold.  Now we are closer here in the northeast to a change.  So I hope you will join me now for Seasonal Celebrations as life stirs once again in our gardens.

As each season has began and ended, I continued to follow the light.  Feel it through me and warm me.  While we all need air , food and water to survive, I believe we also need light.  Without light, my soul cannot sing.  My heart beats a bit slower, my brain is duller.

While the darkness can bring me rest and relaxation, the light of spring is special because it warms the earth getting it ready for growth.  It stimulates the seeds and roots as they begin to push up finding the light to thrive!  Like my precious plants, I too crave the light to thrive and reawaken my soul.

 

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“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”  ~Buddha

I am drawn to the rising sun each morning as it delivers another day.  A new day for me to begin again.  A new dawn to start fresh.

 

 

 

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The naked earth is warm with Spring,
And with green grass and bursting trees
Leans to the sun’s kiss glorying,
And quivers in the sunny breeze.
Julian Grenfell

A light to bring warmth to our very core as we finally are able to feel the glowing warmth and flourish.

 

 

 

 

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The sun has come out… and the air is vivid with spring light. ~Byron Caldwell Smith

Without the leaves in early spring, the bright rays of light linger for hours over each patch of soil as we inspect every square inch for new glorious growth.

 

 

 

 

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A light exists in spring
Not present on the year
At any other period.
When March is scarcely here

Emily Dickinson

I love how the shadows dance in spring.  It is a challenge to take pictures of the early blooming bulbs, but I love looking for those shadow shots.

 

 

 

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Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love! ~Sitting Bull

Bathed in the warmer light of spring, all the critters and blooms start to come out to dance.  It is a surprise to see each new bloom reappear as if for the first time.

 

 

I hope you will join in now and tell us all about how you are celebrating the new season especially around this very special equinox (whether fall, spring or something else).   Just write a post and leave a comment here with your Seasonal Celebrations link.  

 

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Paying attention to the my senses as the days progress is a wonderful goal.  I hope to drink in each sight, sound, scent, touch and taste of spring.  I will especially bask in the rays of spring.  And with the start of spring, I will be able to start my garden observations in earnest.

I am deeply committed to sitting in the garden.  ~Mirabel Osler

 

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Come Join Us:

Seasonal Celebrations is a time for marking the change of seasons and what is happening in your part of the world during this time.  I hope you will join in by creating a post telling us how you celebrate this time of year whether spring or fall or something else.  Share your traditions, holidays and celebrations in pictures and words.

And it seems so appropriate to collaborate with Beth and her Lessons Learned meme.  What lessons have you learned this past season of winter here in the North and summer in the South.  Then tell us about your wishes, desires and dreams for this new season.

The rules are simple.  Just create a post that talks about lessons learned and/or seasonal celebrations.  If you are joining in for both memes please leave a comment on both our blog posts.  Or if you are choosing to join only one meme, leave a comment on that blog post.  Make sure to include a link with your comment.

Beth and I will do a summary post of our respective memes on the equinox (around the 2oth of March).  And we will keep those posts linked on a page on our blog.  Your post should be linked in the weekend before the solstice to give us enough time to include your post in our summary.  And if you link in a bit late, never fear we will include it on the special blog page (which I still have to create).  The badges here can be used in your post.   So won’t you join in the celebration!!

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Next up on the blog:     Monday will be time to see what happened in the February garden.  In March, I plan to savor another Garden Book and present my latest native plant for the series, of Simply The Best Natives.  Of course I will be presenting my Garden Lessons Learned too.

I hope you will join me for my posts once a month at Beautiful Wildlife Garden. See my most current post now.

And I can also be found blogging once a month at Vision and Verb.  I hope you enjoy my latest post.

 

All original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Gardens Eye View, 2010-2014.  Any reprints or use of content or photos is by permission only.

 

 

34 comments

  1. Christina says:

    Soon, soon it will be spring for you, it is appearing already here, the blossom on the plum and peach explain the fact that there is no going back; if cold does return – there will be no plums or peaches from the garden this year. The Muscari are opening, the yellow crocus already long gone. Today is not spring-like at all; rain and cold winds blow, I must content myself with being in the kitchen instead of the garden.

    • Donna says:

      Christina it is heart warming to know someone has spring blooming. I can enjoy your blooms while mine still sleep beneath the snow.

  2. Karin/Southern Meadows says:

    You are right, Spring has some great light and beautiful blooms to admire as your gorgeous photos show. I am particularly looking forward to spring this year after such a long winter. Our daffs and crocuses are beginning to bloom…spring is on the horizon! I will write my post to join in soon! Happy Spring!

    • Donna says:

      How how nice Karin to have spring blooms finally peeking out. It has been a long, cold winter. Ours continues, but I keep my dreams alive. Can’t wait to see your post.

  3. Linda aka Crafty Gardener says:

    Gorgeous photos Donna, and just what we need to see on a snowy first day of March. Even though spring arrives this month it doesn’t look like there will be any spring like weather for us. This is our coldest, snowiest winter in 20 years and it doesn’t look ready to leave any time soon.
    FYI – there is a new sign up for email subscriptions at my site, the old one was causing too many problems with my email program

    • Donna says:

      Linda we are having the same winter weather which is supposed to continue for several more weeks. Ours has also been the coldest winter in 20 years. I did sign back up for email subscriptions and will be over soon to catch up.

  4. Kathy Sturr of the Violet Fern says:

    Oh, some of my favorite quotes Donna. Yay! It is March – time to march forward. I always tell people that I wouldn’t want to go South in March because it is when things start to happen in the garden and I don’t want to miss a thing!

    • Donna says:

      I agree. I am happy to have time now to notice all the changes. So glad you enjoyed the post Kathy! And here’s to spring marching in soon!

  5. Angie says:

    Spring, a wonderful time of year. We have been blessed here in Edinburgh with few frosts, no snow and little rain (unlike the rest of the UK) – I can’t believe how far on my garden is for March. The only downside to photographing those spring bulbs is the sore knees – other than that it’s all good 😉

    • Donna says:

      Wow Angie you have been blessed in your garden this year. My knees get both sore and wet in spring in order to capture the flowers. Can’t wait!!

  6. Karen (Back Road Journal) says:

    Most people visit New England to see the fall foliage but I believe spring is the prettiest in our area. I’m so looking forward the warmth to melt all the snow we have. I’m also looking forward to your spring flowers this year.

  7. susan@life-change-compost says:

    Wonderful wonderful quotes, especially the Hafiz. We had a spring day yesterday…just a teaser, but it sure was glorious. What oh what is that purple flower with its sweet head facing down? I tried to identify it by the foliage, but it wasn’t clear enough to see. Sus

    • Donna says:

      I knew I forgot to do something…identify the flowers. I believe the purple one is Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Christa Barlow’. No hints of of spring yet here.

  8. PlantPostings says:

    Goodbye winter, hello spring! Now if we can just get winter to actually exit. Of course, it’s normal for us here in the north to have winter weather mixing with spring weather for a while. Enjoy the transitions, Donna!

  9. Patty says:

    Looking at some fresh fallen snow on the front steps this evening, spring seems even farther away. I plan to flee the cold and sit on a beach on some Caribbean island very soon!

  10. Cathy says:

    I enjoyed your photos today Donna. All those lovely spring blooms are just a few weeks away now – so much to look forward to! 😀

    • Donna says:

      I am hoping for a few weeks and some blooms but I will even settle for a snow melt and some warmer air than we have right now.

  11. Chloris says:

    What amazing photos of spring flowers. I love this time of the year, we have all these lovely flowers out or to look forward to. Every day is exciting.

  12. bridget says:

    After a relatively mild Winter we are looking forward to an earlier Spring than last year. Daffodils are budding…Crosus are blooming and Rhubarb is on the way. Yippee!

  13. Donna says:

    How wonderful Bridget. I would love an early spring for once, but that would probably mean a dry mild winter which would not be good for my garden.

  14. KL says:

    Hi Donna,
    I have participated in your seasonal celebration. What some beautiful pictures you have. Just browse those and your soul will indeed stir up.
    KL

    • Donna says:

      I do agree with you and thank you!! I love your Seasonal Celebration posts so I hope you will celebrate spring again with a post…with all this celebrating spring can’t help but come soon!!

  15. HolleyGarden says:

    You make a good point about light! I began to get a little sad last autumn when the sun began to sink lower in the sky. And I love waking up to the sun’s rays streaming through my bedroom window. And now I yearn for the warmth of the sun as I work outside trying to beat the sun before it becomes too hot! I think we must be much more affected by the light than most people realize.

    I’m joining in with my post:
    http://dreamingofroses.blogspot.com/2014/03/what-are-odds.html

    • Donna says:

      I am hoping to get some more warm sunlight for an extended period of time so I can get started. So wonderful to have you joining in Holley!!

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