The garden always teaches me important life lessons…
and this Spring it has cultivated
with help from Mother Nature.
Springtime, in the Midwest, seemed to
into my garden
with its usual early bloomers.
The dwarf Irises started the garden party,
followed by Crocuses days later.
The first blossoms always take my breath away!
They were the perfect reminders to look for
tucked into the corners of each day.
The petite Siberian Squill
flourished in spite of
our wild, weather roller coaster ride!
They taught me to stay
during the challenging times.
The sunny, yellow Daffodils bounced back
after being flattened by two
wet, heavy snowfalls
Their strength is
an important reminder
to us all.
We can bounce back after multiple setbacks.
The Irises, Bleeding Hearts,
Tulips, and Hostas
the heavy, icy snowfall.
They remind us to look toward
when we need it most!
Our Winter weather began with an extremely challenging
blizzard in November and surprised us
twice with snowstorms in April.
I can’t remember ever watching my garden
bloom in the snow
until last weekend!
brought our snowfall total to
49.5 inches (126 cm).
Our average Winter snowfall is
36 inches (91cm).
Magnolia petals were tossed about
during the latest Spring snowstorm.
Most of the petals held fast to the branches,
reminding us to ‘hold tight’
and weather the storms
The trees and perennials soaked up
an abundance of precipitation
for this year’s growing season.
The Spring snow melted.
Finally, heavy rains
brought the month of April
to a very soggy end.
I began to document
in my Garden Journal.
Alas, there were only a few hours
of raking and gardenkeeping
My busiest day in the garden
so far this year
was April 23rd:
♥ mowed the lawn for the first time this year
♥ hung birdhouse in the Magnolia (in full bloom!)
♥ placed a pair of colorful Wellies and
a vintage watering can filled with Forsythia cuttings
beside the front door
♥ planted a large grapevine basket
with colorful Muscari and Daffodils
for the front porch
(and added a tiny bird’s nest
found in the garden last Autumn)
♥ planted Violas in a pretty, sage-colored pot
to bring a bit of Springtime to the
I’m learning the importance of being more flexible…
and just taking things moment-by-moment.
Nature can’t be rushed.
My garden is cultivating a
deep sense of
in my soul.
I’m so very grateful
for all of the life lessons
teaches me each and every year .
It’s marvelous, magical May!
Take time to enjoy the blossoms each day!
P.S. Have you been busy in your garden?
What’s blooming in your neighborhood?