I’ve heard a few rumblings about how this has been a slow, cold spring so far. For those who are complaining, I just have one piece of advice.
Everyone complains about how fast time flies but the minute something seems to be taking its time, like the arrival of spring and warm weather, those same people are all wishing it would hurry up and get warm.
I like spring when it takes its time and slowly unfolds. I have a chance to enjoy the blooms longer because when temperatures stay cooler, those blooms last longer. Plus, with cooler temps, everything doesn’t flower all at once.
And I don’t get all antsy thinking that everything has to be done in the garden right now or it won’t get done.
It will get done and at a calm, reasonable pace. A speed that is enjoyable, at temperatures that don’t cause you to sweat in the hot March sun, because at least around here, there hasn’t been a hot March sun.
Plus, when temperatures stay cooler some of the trees and shrubs, like magnolias and apple trees, don’t bloom early and then get smacked down with a hard freeze. Yes, it could still happen. But all signs point to it not happening.
So where’s the pep talk in all of this? The pep talk part is you should just relax and go with the weather. Embrace the slow spring and use it to your advantage— not to procrastinate, but to work in your garden at a reasonable pace. A pace that gives you a chance to pause occasionally, lean on your hoe or rake, and take in all the beauty that is slowly showing itself as spring slowly tiptoes into the garden.
Relax and go with the weather.
That’s your pep talk, part 2.