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  • The Mydas Touch (Part Deux) September 26, 2014
    This week I got an email from Bugguide giving confirmation of a fly species that graced my place a year ago.  I had pretty much forgotten about the submission, but the confirmation had a timely arrival since I was stumped earlier in the week on what I might write about today. Oddly, these insects are […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Yellow And Blue Rings True September 25, 2014
    Yellow and blue flower combinations are some of the most appealing and at no time is that more apparent in the native wildflower world than in late summer and early fall. I find myself compelled to take pictures when I find them together – if only to capture some of that magic for another day. […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the be […]
    Ellen Honeycutt
  • It’s Goldfinch Season September 24, 2014
    Have you been noticing lots of Goldfinches in your wildlife garden this fall? I’ve been regularly spotting a flock of over 30 American Goldfinch in my backyard wildlife garden and the abandoned property next door, which has become quite weedy and filled with Pokeweed, Cutleaf Coneflower, Common Milkweed, Boneset, and much more. Gone is the […] We love hearin […]
    Carole Sevilla Brown
  • Drone & Pop! September 23, 2014
    So I walk out to my native plant plot one morning in early August. What is that droning sound I hear? I listen for a while and then it was obvious! The section of my garden which is full of Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista fasciculate) was buzzing with hundreds of bees! I was amazed at the […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful p […]
    Joni James
  • Sunflowers ideal for elementary curriculum September 22, 2014
    See the white bumps at the base of each floret? Once they fully emerged, they were shiny, black sunflower seeds. Everybody wanted a piece of them — the squirrels, the birds, the chipmunks — you get the idea. But I needed some, too. Despite the tough competition, we managed to extract some seeds for ourselves. We […] We love hearing from you! Please click her […]
    Stacey Evers
  • Killer on the Loose September 19, 2014
    Tis the time of year when huge “bees” are flying all over the yard.  They aren’t actually bees, but bumblebee mimics and they prey on the very insects they resemble.  Meet a Robberfly (Mallophora bomboides), a member of the insect order Diptera.  This particular species is commonly called “Florida Bee Killer” due to their preferred […] We love hearing from y […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Lights, Camera, Action: Hollywood’s Fan Palms September 18, 2014
    Sprinklers let loose— Water is softly spraying a neighbor’s yard, and it sounds nice, even though it is only a plain green lawn that’s benefiting.  Well, not just a lawn— Out the window I see both a tall California Fan Palm (Washingtonia filifera) and a more robust Phoenix Palm (Phoenix Cunninghamiana) standing together in the […] We love hearing from you! P […]
    Kathy Vilim
  • When the Gall Moves, it Probably isn’t a Gall September 12, 2014
    I was walking past the Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) tree, one of two saplings I have planted on the southwest side of the pond. Bald-cypress are known for getting species-specific insects known as Cypress Twig Gall Midge (Taxodiomyia cupressiananassa). The smaller of my two trees has a few sprinkled throughout. Galls are housing created from […] We love […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Gardening for Wildlife at the Flower Farm September 11, 2014
    On September 28th last year (2012), my husband and I closed on our first home, a 1.5 acre property that backs out to a nature preserve and is surrounded by woods on all four sides. I wrote about our gardening efforts last year in an article I called “Wildlife Gardening in Rivendell,” because the property […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see […]
    Jesse Elwert

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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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