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  • Skink Wars and More on These Sleek Lizards March 28, 2015
    I was on the patio late one afternoon and the trashcan was rocking.  I glanced over since you never know what creature of nature will be visiting my place.  I figured that maybe a black racer or water snake had slithered underneath the wheels setting the rocking in motion. Then I heard thrashing and a […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see al […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Spring Garden Care March 26, 2015
      Spring Garden Care People who care about attracting wildlife to their gardens usually learn over time about best practices for fall cleanup and especially the fact that it’s really beneficial for our birds if we refrain from relentlessly cutting perennials to the ground before winter. But what then happens in the spring for garden care?   Here in […] We lo […]
    Jesse Elwert
  • Downy Woodpeckers March 24, 2015
    A welcome visitor to my garden, throughout the entire year: the Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens. They are small woodpeckers. In fact, they are the smallest woodpecker native to North America. The Downy is generally about 6 3/4 inches long. The picture, above, is a female. She is dressed entirely in black and white, while the […] We love hearing from you […]
    Brenda Clements Jones
  • Spring has sprung at Cincinnati Nature Center March 23, 2015
    My family spent the day hiking the trails at the Cincinnati Nature Center in Milford, Ohio this past Saturday.  It was a beautiful, perfect day to get some fresh air and snap photos of all the new life popping up in the woods and at the ponds. The amphibians have already been busy laying masses […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the b […]
    Judy Burris
  • Bluebird Babies Shepherd in Spring 2015 March 20, 2015
    Big doings at my Central Florida home today.  First day of spring and what could be more rewarding than having the first brood of Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) hatch?  NOTHING! I saw mom and dad doing a bit of back and fourth to the nest box early this morning. Such activity is a sure sign […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the be […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Springtime Means Native Plant Garden Tours: Put on Your Walking Shoes March 19, 2015
    When spring comes, I welcome the chance to put on my walking shoes and head out to native plant garden tours.  Garden tours are a great way to get ideas of what you can do with your own native plant garden.  Sometimes, we go to botanical gardens to get ideas or look to see what’s […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos […]
    Kathy Vilim
  • Don’t Skip the Long-Tailed Skipper Butterfly March 13, 2015
    I spotted a skipper butterfly flitting from leaf to leaf on the ticktrefoil (Desmodium spp.). This woody somewhat vine-y genus of plants has many different species.  I’m still not confident in my identification to species, and I tend to think that this one is introduced rather than the native. Since I saw the butterfly on […] We love hearing from you! Please […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Maplicious March 12, 2015
    For most of the year the red maple (Acer rubrum) is an overlooked and underappreciated tree. It is native throughout the eastern US, from the South to the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. It hops right over the Mississippi River and sashays down into eastern Texas. Such a ubiquitous plant is bound to be taken for granted, […] We love hearing from you! Please click h […]
    Ellen Honeycutt
  • It Must Be Spring—I Saw a Robin! March 10, 2015
    This time of year in Indiana I often hear people say excitedly, “Spring is not far away; I saw a robin!” Actually robins should not be used to herald the arrival of spring. This is a common myth. Every autumn robins migrate southward but every winter many robins stay in the northern states and southern […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see a […]
    Joni James

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Spring Fever

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.

~Soren Kierkegaard

I don’t know why I let it happen every spring, but I do. The beautiful sunshine beckons me outdoors where I’ve longed to be all winter. Sowing seeds in warmed soil, relaxing outside with a book and delighting in the longer days that will soon seem endless. My mornings are filled with birdsong, the days with sunshine and everything wonderful about spring. Then I look around.

The shrubs need to be pruned, the weeds pulled, the compost turned and the beds cleared. The perennials need to be divided, the seedlings transplanted and the fence mended. A trellis is leaning, the grapevines falling and the grass is littered with debris from winter winds. *SIGH* So much to do! All at once I’m hurrying. There’s not enough time to stand and enjoy the sweet scent of soil in the air or notice the buds swelling each day on the trees. I have work to do! I’m very busy!

I was in the middle of listing today’s garden chores when the phone rang with an offer so sweet I had no choice but to accept. Our eldest daughter needed to pick up her wedding gown. I sat looking out the window while we chatted, suddenly I wasn’t so worried about getting everything done.  After all it’s only March, spring has only just begun. The garden will get planted, the yard cleaned and straightened just as it does every year. Life has a way of interrupting my haste and reminding me “Don’t hurry, don’t worry and don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers.” Today I did just that…after we picked up her dress.

4 comments to Spring Fever

  • I’m so anxious to get out into the garden I have to keep reminding myself that is still MARCH and really I have lots of time yet.
    But it’s still so hard!

    I think when that cold snap hits this weekend, I won’t be so anxious to do anything in the garden:)

  • I know just what you mean! Congratulations! Your phal photo is beautiful! ;>)

  • Lisa Gustavson

    Maybe you can remind me again next spring then? LOL! Thank you!

  • Lisa Gustavson

    The sunshine and warm air made it feel as though we were in the midst of spring! (I think that’s why I felt so behind.) Really, in the garden there’s always something to do. The joy is in taking the time to potter around…not racing to finish.

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