Dreaming …

Hi Friends!

Springtime is almost here! Today I am savoring the glorious first day of meteorological Spring! The buds are already swelling on the trees. There is a brisk freshness to the air and the warmth of the sun feels oh-so lovely. Our afternoon temperature reached 57 degrees F today. It’s just a tiny taste of Springtime. 🙂

Midwesterners know that it is much too soon to put away our Winter jackets, scarves, hats, gloves, boots, and snow shovels. Last Spring, we had a surprise snowstorm in early May! As we wait patiently, it’s the perfect time to dream our garden dreams

Last week, during incredibly busy days, I made time to soak up a burst of Springtime at the conservatory in a nearby park. As I walked through the door, the colors and scents truly took my breath away. My heart spoke softly, reminding me to slow down, linger, and savor the gift of this quiet time in Nature. As the sun streamed in through the sparkling conservatory windows, intense gratitude and my love of gardening filled my soul with joy!

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine for the soul.”

  ~ Luther Burbank

“From December to March, there are for many of us three gardens – the garden outdoors, the garden of pots and bowls in the house, and the garden of the mind’s eye.”

  ~ Katherine S. White

“The lesson I have thoroughly learned, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives.”

  ~ Gertrude Jekyll

“Gardening is an instrument of grace.”

  ~ May Sarton

“May our heart’s garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers.”

  ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“Gardening, reading about gardening, and writing about gardening are all one; no one can garden alone.”

  ~ Elizabeth Lawrence

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”

  ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett


“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; and above all it teaches entire trust.”

  ~ Gertrude Jekyll


Our gardens teach us so many helpful, important lessons as we cultivate our best lives.

During this challenging, very unsettled time for so many people across the globe, may we ALL work together responsibly, share our scientific research, our medical expertise, and our resources as we take good care of ourselves, our families, and our neighbors.

With warm thoughts,


P.S.  Are you already dreaming any garden dreams?




10 thoughts on “Dreaming …

  1. Our weather teased us into thinking it was spring (early) last week, but then poured rain and was very cold today.
    That tricky Mother Nature.

    • Early Springtime weather can be so tricky, Karen! The first warm day has everyone excited and then the cold weather always returns to the Midwest. Although it’s much to soon to do any gardening here, it’s never too early to dream of sunny days in the garden! It’s the perfect time to look back in my Garden Journal as I plan for more changes in the garden.
      Thank you for being here, dear Karen! Sending sunny hugs all the way to California! 💗

  2. Weathers nice here in Iowa too. But am savoring these warm days. I know how our weather can change over night. The poor robins are not sure what’s going on some days. I can’t wait for flowers either. Hard for me but even a few light up my life!!

    • So good to hear from you, Gert!💕We are expecting a whole week of sunny days. What a spirit lifter! I took advantage of the mild weather to buy a few small, cheery Cyclamen plants for the dining room. I’m really enjoying them while I wait patiently for flowers in the garden! I’m still watching for the first robin here. Sending sunny thoughts from Illinois to Iowa, dear Gert!💗

  3. Ohhh, wishing you a lovely spring – your beautiful photos are a taste of things to come. Here in NZ we’re still basking in summer and not in a rush to get to autumn except for those parts of the country in drought and with water restrictions. Just returned home after a month away to find pumpkins and cucumbers going wild. And lots of passion fruit ready to eat. My garden is looking very wild and overgrown and I long for more flowers as you have. Hope you’re through the worst of your snow for now. xox

    • Welcome home, dear Vicky! Your beautiful photos gave us a taste of Summertime on the South Island. I’m sure that you are happy to be busy in your wonderful garden again! Tending your fruits, nuts, and veggies is so nourishing for both your heart and soul. I am so grateful that you shared your garden photos with me throughout our long Winter months, Vicky! 💕 You have created a tropical paradise on your land, my friend! We are having incredibly busy days here. I promise a nice, long letter very soon! Big hugs!💗

    • Our garden dreams truly warm our hearts throughout the cold, Winter days, Judy! Can’t wait to hear all about your garden plans! I am planning to ‘right size’ the abundant perennial beds around our front porch. It will be a very big job, but I will work little by little until they are lovely, smaller beds.
      Working together, sharing research and resources, careful planning, and helping one another is the only way!
      Have a great week in the sunshine, Judy! 💗

  4. We have had several days of 70 degrees here in Knickerbocker, Tx, but really, really windy! Not the kind of day to be outside, but rain coming this week and I know Spring is on it’s way. The hummingbirds return around the 13th, followed by the barn swallows and I look forward to that each year. Sadly, there will not be a garden this year. My mom is on Hospice care and Jim cannot be left alone for very long, so I am planning on plants on the patio in pots. They should be easy to care for and right outside the door! Where there is a will, there is a way!

    • Oh, Chris! It is soooo good to hear from you this morning! I think of you very often. I’m so sorry to hear that your sweet mom’s health is declining and that Jim needs more care now. I truly do understand the challenges of caring for two dear loved ones with different health challenges. Wrapping my arms around you, Chris. The caregiver in me honors the caregiver in you!

      It sounds like Springtime is already knocking at your door in West Texas! The hummingbirds and swallows will be a wonderful sight! Yes, pots of plants on the patio are the perfect way to ‘right size’ your garden this year. 😊 Be sure to tuck in a few of your favorite herbs, too! Container gardening also has the wonderful benefit of less weeding! There is always a way to enjoy our passion for gardening.💕
      Sending my love and hugs, dear Chris! 💗

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