“Yesterday the twig was brown and bare;
To-day the glint of green is there;
Tomorrow will be leaflets spare;
I know no thing so wondrous fair,
No miracle so strangely rare.
I wonder what will next be there!”
Let’s face it, once spring arrives I am looking for color. After a typically long, white winter, I am color-starved. And my soul is longing for green growth popping through the brown ground quickly, putting out flowers of yellow, pink, blue and purple.
And oh all that green is so energizing to this gardener. Suddenly where there was only white snow or clay soil, now new green growth is everywhere I look. And of course green is the perfect harbinger of spring, as it symbolizes birth and growth.
When the bulbs start blooming, I know just where to start looking in my garden. After years of closely observing my land, I know the first pop of color will come from crocus, snowdrops, iris reticulata, hyacinths and daffodils.
The warm spring sun glowing through the yellow daffodils is a heart stopper for me. Yellow, in small doses, is said to inspire hope and good cheer. And that is exactly what I feel, when I see the first bright yellow daffodils blooming against the sparse landscape. I feel a burst of energy as each bunch pops up around the garden surrounding me in yellow goodness.
I absolutely adore purple in the spring garden….and these iris reticulata are a welcome sight. Purple symbolizes creativity and is uplifting, calming and spiritual. And a favorite color of mine. So having lots of purple crocus and iris feeds my soul in early spring.
Blue is not easy to find flowering in the garden, which is why I love seeing it in spring. Many early blooms bring bright blues into the garden palette; Glory of the Snow and Scilla (pictured here) are two of my favorite spring blue blooms. And what better color for spring than blue which symbolizes new beginnings.
Of course my spring garden wouldn’t be complete without romantic, playful pink. I make sure I have lots of pink hyacinths blooming along with hellebores (pictured at the top of the post).
And even after a white winter, I like having white blooms. White jumps in the spring garden. Symbolizing beginnings, purity and clearing out the clutter, white balances all the colors that are causing a riot in my spring garden.
But it is the many shades of green, I think, that gives my soul life. I catch my breath to see more and more brown shift to green as the season goes on. And not just the green on the ground, but the green suspended again in the sky on sturdy branches. When the green takes over in spring, I know there is no turning back now. Spring is really here. Nature has returned to the growing time, and I am refreshed. Knowing I too am growing, shifting and nurturing myself. Reveling in a new-found energy. Ready to get back to the soil.
“The world is exploding in emerald, sage, and lusty chartreuse – neon green with so much yellow in it. It is an explosive green that, if one could watch it moment by moment throughout the day, would grow in every dimension.” ~Amy Seidl,
I hope you will join me in celebrating spring or whatever your season is, in whatever way you most enjoy. Read how to join in the celebration below.
Join In The Seasonal Celebration:
As I feel spring’s call, to celebrate this new season coming soon, I hope you will join me. I welcome those Down Under who will be celebrating the coming of fall to join in too.
All you have to do is write a post between now and March 2oth telling me how you are or will be celebrating the new season. Then leave a comment on this post with your link so I can include your link in my summary post on March 21st.
I do hope you will consider joining in the Seasonal Celebrations meme as we celebrate the new season arriving soon to your corner of the world.
In A Vase On Monday
One of the first spring bushes to bloom is forsythia. And I can’t resist cutting a few branches, to bring inside to force into early yellow flowers.
This wonderful forsythia never seems to be at a loss for these magnificent blooms. But this year, the forced branches are really covered in yellow.
I couldn’t think of a more perfect vase to display the forsythia, than my grandmother’s prized blue vase. Seeing the forsythia blooming indoors, I know spring is just about here.
I am taking a short break from my blog this week and next. Please note that I will be a bit delayed getting around to everyone to read blogs and reply to comments.
I am joining in with a few memes this week as I prepare this vase: Cathy@Rambling in the Garden for her wonderful meme, In a Vase on Monday, and Today’s Flowers hosted by Denise@An English Girl Rambles.
Next up on the blog:
I will be taking a blog break now through next week, but I’ll catch up with reading blogs and comments as I can.
I am linking in with Michelle for her Nature Notes meme at her new blog just for Nature Notes. It is a great way to see what is happening in nature around the world every Tuesday.
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