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Sunday, January 05, 2014

I vanquish thee, O' Winter

I vanquish thee, O' Winter.

I have Lily of the Valley in bloom indoors.  One whiff of the tiny bell-shaped flowers and I see my garden in the spring-time, green and lush.  I don't see the snow covered lawn. I don't see the snow coming down fast and furious. I don't think about the long, dark wintry days ahead.  I don't think shoveling snow off the driveway. Spring is in the air inside.

I vanquish thee, O' Winter.

I have stacks of seed catalogs to read.   I will look through them one by one, cover to cover, starting with page 1 and going all the way to the back cover. I will mark and circle all the flowers and vegetable varieties I want to grow in the garden this summer.

I vanquish thee, O' Winter.

I have shelves of gardening books to explore.  I can spend hours rediscovering old favorites, re-reading favorite passages and discovering new words that I hadn't read before.   I can open books and discover gardens all around the world, all in full bloom on the pages of a book.

I vanquish thee, O' Winter.

I sowed seeds for microgreens yesterday.  Today, I will set up the hyacinth bulbs on their vases. They've chilled long enough in the back of the refrigerator.  I will water the plants in the sunroom, counting the blooms of hellebores, kalanchoe, crown of thorns, African violets and Amaryllis as I go.

I vanquish thee, O' Winter.

I can stream gardening shows from YouTube and make it any season I want it to be. Spring, summer, fall or even winter.  

I vanquish thee, O' Winter!


Leslie Kuss said...

You are ready for anything!

hoehoegrow said...

It will soon be vanquished ! If we are starting to sow seeds then Spring has to be just around the corner!

Pauline said...

You have it all covered,stay nice and warm with your books and catalogues while you have snow. Spring isn't far away!

carmenjohnstongardens said...

Can't wait for spring myself!!

Commonweeder said...

I am also enjoying the warm indoor garden chores, reading garden books and catalogs, and fretting over the succulents in my unheated Great Room.

outlawgardener said...

So what I'm hearing you say is that you vanquish winter? I like all of your remedies for the long winter. One might even call them May dreams.

Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening said...

Enough of the cold! Have been doing a lot of the same...catching up on blog posts, reading gardening articles/books and playing in the dirt indoors! Stay warm and have happy gardening thoughts!!!

Gail said...

Thank goodness for magazines, internet and good books or winter would be the undoing of many!

Diana said...

And you have really good reason to vanquish winter! Still pretty snowed in on the farm but luckily they didn't lose any power. Pretty but scary pictures. Be warm!

RobinL said...

Yes, yes, yes! Those are many of the same tricks that I use to vanquish winter. Is it working for you? Because I'm trying very hard, but spring seems so far off still!