Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Where Are You Spring?




With Christmas over I begin to look out my window to see if Spring has come yet. With it still months away, I sigh deeply and open my gardening books. Looking, searching and planning. It's probably a good thing that I live in a 'usually' warm part of California. I become impatient when the Christmas tree is put away and 'winter' cleaning is taking place in our home. I can only think of one thing--my garden. At one time I literally had to stop gardening for a month because I realized it had become an obsession--it was all I thought about. Where would I plant the new flowers I bought? Where would I find the unique rose I read about? And where oh where would I get all this money to re-landscape my large back-yard? Flowers, roses and the garden bring me feelings of calmness. Every year I am very predictable...
Down with the enormous Christmas tree in the middle of our wonderfully small cottage; clean, wipe, scrub and dust. This all takes place a little before my hubby is ready. The children want to know why I'm putting Christmas away so soon and "it's not fair". (I'm really not a mean Mommy..I just think it's tradition to put it all away before New Year's Day).
On the eve of New Year's eve, my hubby, me and the six little gardeners 'winterized' the gardens. I call it 'winterize' because we strip away sickly leaves, prune, clean under flowers & roses and at the end of the day my garden looks like it's dormant for the winter. While gardening with my hands and body, in my mind I'm trying to concoct a plan to save money to buy the large loot of roses and flowers that I want, but have no room to plant. After I think I'm so very smart, I share my witty idea with my husband and he always smiles. Why? Because he knows that on New Year's eve we're all going to be packed in the car heading to my favorite nursery spending my Christmas money on all those flowers I was going to save up and buy in Spring. I'm so predictable. I'm so impatient and long for Spring. Warmth, flowers,roses and the sound of birds. Until then, I will continue to look out my windows searching for Spring.



7 comments:

Kelly said...

Dear Wendy, just be thankful that your impatience is not encumbered by Chris' native climate! ;)

While your children were winterizing in their bare skin, his kin were hunkered down for another snow storm!

There's always a "bright" side, LOL!

Kathy said...

Oh, Wendy...Wendy...Wendy! Let's talk winter :)! Here in polar Michigan it's 24 degrees and we're in the middle of an ice storm! I envy your lovely California winters - we live for 3 months of summer here - LOL! Enjoy the sunshine my friend!
Kathy

Meredith Teagarden said...

I am so anxious for spring, I hung out my spring wreath today!

GapGirl said...

Oh I understand. I too am planning my garden,my roses and sunflowers waiting for spring!!

Pearl said...

Hi Wendy... I'm running around blogland trying to catch up with everyone! I'm right there with you in your wishes for Spring to arrive... I dislike the Winter and wish it were Spring 'n Fall year 'round! Loved the photos of your PINK goodies... ~swoons~ ... the PINK Princess Phone is Awesome! So glad your Christmas was wonderful... Please stop by for a visit when you can... I have some awards for you! God bless...

~hugs 'n prayers~

Pearl

Jennifer said...

HI, my name is Jennifer, I'd just like to say I LOOVE your blog, its so pretty! I surfed over here from "There is no place like home". Well, have a nice weekend!

Carla said...

me too! Our winter, here in east Texas, is warm, then cold, then warm again. Spring fever has sprung! (hubby has it too this year as we scoured the seed catalogs:)

So, what'cha buy? And where ya gonna put it??? (I so understand the 'obsession' and the fine line there:)