Spring has sprung and the world has begun anew. I think now I finally understand why they call this time of year, spring…because nothing makes us want to “spring” out of our chairs and head outdoors more than some good weather, and all of the surrounding beauty that comes along with it. Here on the west coast, the trees are blooming; flowers are blooming giving us vibrant and bold colors everywhere we can see. Bright yellow, pink, white, and purple blooms line the streets and walkways where trees and shrubs are planted. The hills and fields too are covered in green, as “Mother Nature” announces the start to another season.
We recently had some warm days here in our area of the world, which of course could only mean one thing, a trip to my local “home and garden” store was in order. No sooner had I gotten anywhere near the store did I realize that apparently everyone in my zip code had the same idea! A filled parking lot greeted my arrival which made for a nice spring day hike from my distant parking stall to the store’s entrance. Walking in it seemed as if every department was filled with shoppers filling their baskets with everything from paint cans, to ceiling fans, plumbing supplies to area rugs. As I moved thru the store, trying to avoid the rolling, flatbed shopping carts that were anchored down with lumber, nails, drywall and spackle, I see where the real “action” is taking place. Where else but in the “lawn and garden” section of the store? Holy smokes…the hustle and bustle would have rivaled the trading floor on Wall Street! People and carts carrying flowers, plants, potting soil, water hoses, sprinklers, shovels and just about any other item you can name that is used in gardening. Shoppers young and old ready to tackle the outdoor chores. And why not? Spring is here and there’s no going back now. Ah yes, there are weeds to be pulled, gardens to be raised, flowers to be planted, trees to be pruned and lawns to be mowed.
I do realize that are lots of people who think that Christmas is the “most wonderful time of the year” or so the song goes, but if you’re the outdoorsy, ready to dig in the dirt type of person, you probably think the first days of spring in the yard might just be a little more wonderful. It certainly is better for you. Unlike the cold and dark days of December, you get to be outside in the sunshine, soaking up the Vitamin D. Not to mention all the exercise you get pushing the wheel barrel and lawn mower around. And if you have had to dig a lot of big holes to plant some trees, you can’t say that doesn’t add some “cardio” to your work out too. Another reason spring is better than Christmas…once you’re done opening gifts and eating really rich food and consuming too much alcohol, the party’s over. But not with spring planting in your own garden and yard. The outdoors is the gift that keeps on giving! You get beautiful flowers that you get to cut and bring in the house or give to neighbors. And going out to the garden to pick your own veggies and tomatoes all summer brings joy to everyone far longer than the old stale fruitcake. Anyway call me a Christmas “kill joy”, but if you ask me, the outdoors fun of the garden runs rings around the usual holiday festivities. Although I do have to admit that there aren’t any springtime garden planting carols to be sung by bands of roving gardeners going door to door. Oh well, I guess the really good song writers are just too busy…in the garden of course.
As always, thanks for reading, and I’ll see you in the groves.