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!

Comments

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

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

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  3. Can't wait for spring myself!!

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

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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!!!

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

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  8. 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!

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  9. 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!

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