Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Early bloomers and anticipation

The garden is a mess of dry brown stems and bright green weeds.  Both are in abundance 
and it's obvious the gardener hasn't been in attendance.  
But the early bloomers are showing their colors, and I'm eager to get out and start the clean up - getting the garden ready for those Spring days when it feels like everything is happening at once.
The hellebore is my favorite early bloomer, with its demurely nodding blooms.

The violas have such a different personality, with their dainty perkiness.
The first blooms of the Carolina Jessamine are tiny wallflowers that I have to search out, 
but I hope to have a fence full of blooms in a few weeks.
The pink carnation has been producing it's small frilly blooms all winter, 
though they're smaller and less abundant than in warmer months.
Though I'm eager for the days to lengthen, to have an entire warm day to get my hands in the dirt,  I don't want to hurry time - I want to take it slow.  I want to find joy in the anticipation.  And then I want to look long at each new green shoot, at every opening flower bud, and cherish the miracle.


Gary said...

I love the blog title picture. Thanks for the glimpse of what is coming through in your garden so far, very colourful!

Donna said...

Ginny look at those happy sunny faces peeking out to warm our hearts..I love your header...the first thing I see is that gorgeous blue bench with the hearts!!

Antique ART Garden said...

Take it slow, yep, that's the ticket.

HolleyGarden said...

Thanks for the reminder to appreciate the anticipation. I've been anxiously awaiting the spring blooms - I'll try to remember your wise words.

Cat said...

Yay!! Happy little flowers!

Southern Lady said...

You have just reminded me how much I really want some Carolina jessimine! And aren't violas the happiest little flowers around? Carla

Debbie said...

Love you flower photos! We live in wisconsin and all hough we have had a mild winter with hardly any snow we still have no flowers. Cant wait to see the first bud!

PlantPostings said...

Very nice! I'm looking forward to those first blooms, too. Your Hellebores are a welcome sight!

Janet said...

Isn't it amazing how the weeds still manage to grow whatever the weather? I've got a few of these bright green things too.