Perhaps in a few years we will look back on this spring of 2008 and declare that it was one of the best we've ever seen.
Though it is early, all indications are that every blooming tree, shrub and flower has been outstanding, blooming as profusely as ever imagined.
Sitting here on my patio, I can breathe deeply and smell the Lily of the Valley blooming just a few feet away.
The scent always reminds me of my grandmother's garden, where Lily of the Valley bloomed each spring around Mother's Day, the perfect time for kids to pick them and present them to their grandmothers and mothers.
Around the side of my house, the peonies are starting to show their bloom colors and the next lilac variety is poised to bloom.
It's the very fragrant Meyer Lilac, Syringa meyeri. Lilacs and peonies are two reasons why I love gardening in Indiana.
And for the next week and a half, I'll be on vacation, heading out to a place called May Dreams Gardens. Have you heard of it?
I'll get to enjoy all of these blooms and more as I work in the garden, planting, weeding, pruning and being. I'll smell the lilacs, anticipate the full bloom of the peonies, and admire subtle changes as the garden morphs from spring to early summer.
And I'll be gardening. Full-time.