I’m always excited for the first bulbs to sprout on our deck. Seeing that first flash of colour in amongst all the green fronds makes my heart beat just a little bit faster. Why? Because I know my efforts weren’t wasted, and soon enough I’ll have pots and pots of colourful crocuses, daffodils, and hyacinths to enjoy.
Spring is traditionally the most exciting time for gardening because of all the possibilities that fill up my imagination. It’s the time of the year when my gardening catalog arrives from West Coast Seeds and I go on and on to my husband about wanting more land so I could plant heaps and mounds of different vegetables, herbs and flowers. When it’s sunny out I get giddy with gardener’s delight, but this year has felt a little different than before.
This year I didn’t stop gardening through the winter and I decided to do the winter vegetable thing to try something new. It’s been great fun so far, and even though not everything has gone according to plan, we’ll be dining on our winter veggies soon enough. First up will be our brussel sprouts and then, hopefully, some home-grown broccoli.
I’m still totally excited to begin another year of container gardening and all the possibilities at my fingertips, but this year I feel like I never stopped, and that feels satisfying in it’s own way too. It’s a bit too early to begin planting again, but for now I’m content to enjoy my spring bulbs as more open slowly day by day.