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Mother Nature’s Springtime Lesson

Mar 25, 2021 02:16 pm

There comes a time every spring when we look around and say to Mother Nature, “Slow down, what’s your hurry? Can we just relax for a week or two and enjoy this spring season?”

Scilla siberica with its blue pollen. Yes, blue pollen! And it’s in the Asparagus family!

Mother Nature always replies with a firm no and tells us to get on with it. She has no use for procrastinators!

A species tulip blooming and attracting bees in mid-late March.

And so we must learn to relax, but be busy. To enjoy spring, yet get on with the garden. It’s not going to wait! The first tulips are blooming, after all, along with daffodils and all kinds of little tiny flowers whose names you can never quite remember until you look them up in a book.

Out in the lawn, the Glory of the Snow flowers, Chionodoxa, are blooming. As I walk around admiring them, I also keep telling them to slow down just a bit because they are really meant to be blooming at the end of next week, for Easter.

Chionodoxa in bloom in the lawn. Also in the Asparagus family of plants!

Several years ago, in 2018, Mother Nature did slow down spring for a bit with a giant snowstorm on March 24-25.

Were the irises fooled by the late spring snow in 2018?

I don’t know of any gardener who wants to go through that kind of spring pause again.

Instead, we will all learn Mother Nature’s springtime lesson again. It is a two part lesson. Part one is this is no time for procrastination. There are seeds to sow, dead foliage to finally cut back, and soon lawns to mow. Time to get on with it!

Part two of Mother Nature’s springtime lesson is this is no time to be in a big hurry. There are flowers to see, soft breezes to inhale, and bird songs to enjoy. Take time to enjoy them!

Jonquils blooming, surrounded by foliage that came up last fall and looks a bit ragged now.

Now that you know Mother Nature’s springtime lesson, plan and act accordingly.

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