||Spring is almost here. Spring is just around
I don't care what that groundhog over
Pennsylvania is supposed to have done
I grew up and lived for most of my
Upstate New York. When we heard "you're
going to have six more weeks of winter"
our reaction was always "Oh wow!
six more weeks of winter!"
Winter is milder and spring comes earlier
here along the Rhode Island coast than it
did deep in New York State. Oh yeah, sure,
we can still get a huge blizzard in February
or March... but spring is inexorably on its
way. Back in Binghamton, NY I can recall
April snowstorms that dumped more than a
foot of wet heavy snow... heck, I can remember
a snow storm in May (okay, so it was only
an inch and it was gone by noon, but nevertheless
it was snow in May)...but I know that spring
is on its way!
Besides, the seed and plant catalogs
arriving a couple of weeks ago. Three
for Piedmont Plants and Miller's Nursery
and Burpee Seeds.
Nancy has become the family gardener
landscaper. For years I was the person
mowed and watered and raked the lawn.
okay, when we lived in Binghamton she
sometimes mow the front lawn -- it
postage stamp, less than forty feet
feet -- but she used to joke that people
would see her doing that and assume
she did it all *grin*)... I trimmed
I planted and pruned the roses, I planted
the bulbs, I planted the annuals, I
the vegetable garden, I pruned the
tree, I cared for the hanging baskets
flowers on the front porch... well,
the idea. I was the gardener.
When we moved to Rhode Island that
pretty much continued except she did
an interest in some of the front yard
and planted some geraniums around that
boulder in our front lawn. And then
out of the high tech computer world
a math teacher.
Suddenly, she had summers.
She got interested in shrubs and flowers
and bushes and... now she is the person
likely to mow the lawn... now she plans
flowers to plant where, how to lay
and plantings.... The vegetable garden
still be mine (although she has even
known to do watering and weeding when
out of town) but the rest of our yard
become her hobby.
Last spring we put in a lot of hours
working on landscaping... and she spent
days working on landscaping once summer
began... putting in plantings around
side of the house, in front of the
in back of the house, around the edges
the back lawn (there's a small wooded
perhaps forty feet deep, behind our
separating our property from the neighbor
behind us and thinner strips of trees
the sides of our yard, tapering off
near the street). We had a special
last year as we wanted things to look
for Jennifer's high school graduation
Now that spring is almost here (*grin*)
have been looking through all of the
that have been arriving in the mail,
plans for the coming growing season.
is dreaming about her bushes and flowers
and I'm dreaming about my vegetables.