Yesterday was a special day at May Dreams Gardens.
These Turkish Glory of the Snow, Chionodoxia sardensis, were starting to bloom. I planted them last fall, scattering them here and there through out the front flower beds. They are small flowers, so you can't see them from the street; I can see and enjoy them as I walk around the garden.
But you can sure see this Forsythia 'Gold Tide' from the street.
It was just beginning to bloom last Thursday, and now it is screaming with yellow. I've told myself for several years that once it is finished blooming, I need to dig it out because it is crowding a nearby spruce, Picea orientalis 'Green Knight'.
But then it blooms like this and I decide to let it stay there 'one more year'. I'm not committing to moving it this year, either. Look at it! Could you?
Daffodils have started blooming all over the place, both in the front and back gardens.
I've long since forgotten the names of the varieties of daffodils, so last year I just gave them my own names. I feel like they should have new names this year, so instead of "Fried Egg" for this one, I think I'll call it "Austin Memories". All the daffodils are blooming several weeks later than they bloomed last year, by the way.
Moving on, because this post is really about the lawn, here is another Helleborus blooming.
And there beneath the blooming Star Magnolia, Magnolia stellata, is what made the day a special day.
It's the lawn!
Under clear skies with the temperature hovering around 70 degrees, I got to mow the lawn for the first time this season.
Yes, I'm a gardener and I still like to mow my lawn and I'll admit it.
I am a Lady of the Lawn.
I enjoy the exercise. I feel blessed to have the strength and stamina to mow the lawn each week or twice a week if I am lucky and the grass is growing quickly.
I like the look of the lawn next to the flower beds. I like to walk the labyrinth of the lawn to help me think things through, provide time to solve complex problems, clear my mind of my troubles.
So I celebrate the first mowing of the season. It is my one eccentricity, I guess, unless you are counting the hoe collection as an eccentricity, then I'd have two. Or maybe three if you count all the gardening geek traits as one. But I'll admit to no more than three eccentricities.
Anyway, to celebrate mowing the lawn yesterday, I wore my new hat that I won at the spring fling and broke in a new pair of old sneakers that have been promoted from everyday wear to lawn mowing. I "twittered" that there were speeches and a ribbon cutting ceremony, just like when I harvest the first tomato.
There really weren't any speeches or ribbon cutting ceremonies, don't believe everything on Twitter, but it was fun to think about the first lawn mowing of the season being such an important event that it deserved some pomp and circumstance.
Are there any other gardeners who will admit to being "Ladies (or Gentlemen) of the Lawn?