This weekend, we begin the Easter season with a much anticipated visit to our gardens by none other than the Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny’s visit is pivotal in the yearly cycle of the garden.
The stage was set back in December, at Christmas time, when the Christmas Cottontail visited gardens on Christmas Eve and hopefully scattered seeds and planted bulbs to bloom at Easter time.
Until the light and warmth of spring coaxes a few plants to bloom, we gardeners really never know for sure if the Christmas Cottontail decided to honor our gardens in those dark winter days, or if we got skipped for being bad.
Whew, it is good to see those blooms this spring! I have tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, bleeding heart, violets, vinca, and dandelions blooming now, so I think I might have ended up on the “good list”. The Christmas Cottontail, who is known for a great sense of humor, always sows seeds for a few of dandelions just to remind us that as good as we think we are, we could be better.
Now that I see flowers in bloom in my garden, I feel confident that the Easter Bunny, who we know brings the best candy to gardens with flowers, will visit early Sunday morning.
Later in the afternoon on Easter, I’ll be hosting a big egg hunt in my backyard with all my nieces and nephews participating, so I hope that the Easter Bunny plans to hide a lot of plastic eggs full of candy and money here at May Dreams Gardens. We need enough for everyone to find a basketful, yet still leave a few eggs full of candy hidden in the garden to be found later by the Halloween Hare.
This leftover candy is important because we all know that when the Halloween Hare visits our gardens in late fall, he can wreak havoc and cause all kinds of mischief if he doesn’t find candy left over from Easter! He also likes to see a few late blooming flowers, and not just mums. The good news is that ol’ Hare isn’t that smart and will take Halloween candy if there is no Easter candy left. So I’m not too worried about all the eggs being found because I can always scatter around a few pieces of Halloween candy when the time comes.
These three bunnies, the Christmas Cottontail, the Easter Bunny, and the Halloween Hare, teach us that there is cause and effect, that we should take care of our gardens, and be as good as we can be. They show us that there is a cycle to life and joy to be found in all seasons, especially Spring time and Easter time.
And with Spring’s arrival, we can put last year’s garden behind us and begin again with a new season.
I hope all are visited by a very generous Easter Bunny this weekend, and have a glorious Easter Sunday and season!