Whatever else it may be, I think of March as a month of anticipation. There are good things to come, but also much to appreciate at this in-between time of year. Maybe just to convince myself to be happy at this week's return to below freezing temps, I made a list of some of the things that, as a gardener, I enjoy about late winter. Maybe you'd like to add to it?
- Catalogs, of course! I love to spend a weekend afternoon dreaming about what my garden might be this year and marking up the pages of my favorite catalogs with yellow sticky notes on the photos of the most colorful and unusual plants. At some point reality sets in and I order only a third of what I would really like and still don't have a permanent place for most of it.
- Anticipating the first weekend of spring cleanup and that first sweet smell of the earth warming up. The restlessness of spring-fever and the urge to be out of the house.
- Winter bouquets: acorns and pinecones, red osier dogwood twigs, witch hazel, pussy willows, forsythia...
- Freedom from weeding and mowing and plant pests.
- Anything is possible now; everything a promise.