Getting out in the garden

I am really feeling the itch to get out in the garden. . . aren’t you?  I think it’s the gorgeous winter we’ve been having—it’s really felt much like spring for quite a while now.

I know I have a couple of months to wait, but I can’t help but start my inner planning.  (I have yet to start an actual list, though, and I’m marveling at my restraint.) ;)   I keep thinking about tilling the vegetable garden, cleaning up all the beds, planting potatoes, and all that other great stuff that we gardeners await with such eagerness.  And it reminds me of a wonderful quote I came across a few years ago

Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle …
a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl.  
And the anticipation nurtures our dream.
-   Barbara Winkler

That really resonates with me.  I know that, since I’ve become a gardener, I look forward to spring and summer for many different reasons than I used to. (And some of the same reasons, still, to be sure.)  And I’m not sure if winter seems shorter or longer when you’re looking forward to spring planting, but I do know that I appreciate the warm weather a lot more than I did before I was so involved in tending my little plot of land.

I’m still buying lots of “fresh” herbs for cooking, but I’m really looking forward to the time when I can just go and cut them out of my garden.  I don’t know if anything is better than the lingering scent of basil or rosemary on your fingers.

Caterpillar on purple basil

But we’ve got a couple of months yet, minimum, even if we are blessed with an early spring. . . so in the meantime I’ll continue to pore over my seed catalogs and dream.  :)

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