Oh...for the LOVE of digging!!!
The whole day was spent blissfully in the garden. I love this time of year...usually my ambitious nature grabs ahold and I have plans for a garden that is bigger, better, and more bountiful than the garden of the year past.
I garden with passion, with wild ambition and most importantly, I garden with hope!! There is no greater pleasure than putting in a little seed and "hoping" that it will grow. Days pass, and I go up to my garden day after day, just waiting, aching for those first little green heads to poke their way through the ground. It is a miracle in action, and while I know the science behind the process of seeds turning into plants, it's still pretty mind blowing.
Matilda watching the neighbours tractor in the field
We have almost all of our cold weather crops in...spinach, carrots, beets, onions, parsnips, peas, and tomorrow will come the rutabagas, more onions, and some flowers!! It's lovely to include children in the garden...while I was raking and digging the beds, Matilda was beside me with a little garden spade and bucket, digging and dumping and then coming in for a kiss or hug! Ruby was busy climbing trees and talking it up with the farmer and his dog, "Blackie",who was fixing up the fence posts the keep his cows in the pasture next door to us. On a day like today I think my life just may be enchanted!!
The flowers forming on our lilacs...
In honour of planting, flowers and gardening...here is a little poem to share
(I am a huge fan of classic poetry, and love to share it with my kids)!
A sensitive plant in a garden grew,
And the young winds fed it with silver dew,
And it opened its fan-like leaves to the light,
And closed them beneath the kisses of night.
And the Spring arose on the garden fair,
And the Spirit of Love fell everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
Rose from the dreams of its wintry nest.
-Percy Bysshe Shelley
In gardening bliss
In gardening bliss