Garden with Grace

"I hope that while so many people are out smelling the flowers, someone is taking the time to plant some." ~H.Rappaport

“Where Flowers Bloom, so does Hope.”*

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We all know…

it’s been a  long, cold winter…just about everywhere.

This week, I put  ‘Winter 2013-14’  in my rearview mirror.

I put away the snow shovels, removed the staked reflectors from the edges of the brown lawn (that has little patches of green now), and am ready to swap the snow blower and lawn mower in their respective spaces in the garage.


Yes! Finally….there are significant signs that the garden is waking up to spring.

Flowers are blooming. And, they are providing hope.

*The title of this blog entry is actually a quote by Lady Bird Johnson and seemed so fitting for this garden update.


First crocus of 2014 is tougher than the leaves that fell in autumn.

Early plants are poking their first leaves and buds out of the ground.

Stella d'Oro daylilies are fighting off the last of the snow to reach some sunshine.

Stella d’oro daylilies are fighting off the last of the snow to reach some sunshine.

They are even pushing through shaded piles of snow and old brush.

These plants bring early hope that it really is time to dig in to the 2014 gardening season.

Hellebores, aka: Lenten Rose, are a new addition to the garden, added this past autumn.

Yes, there is still snow and ice on the ground this week.

The garden doesn’t care, so neither do I.

 A few April Showers and a little bit of sunshine will soon eradicate the remaining snow.

Words and phrases like “arctic”, “polar vortex”, and “record cold” will be just a memory.  And,  the objects in the rearview mirror will be nothing but a blur. 

Author: SandyBelknap

Strategic Communicator - Avid Gardener

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