When a gardener dreams in the wintertime…
She sees all the snow covering the garden,
And dreams of what lies beneath that snow, waiting to be discovered in the spring.
She looks over a picture of her hoe collection,
And dreams that in the spring the ground will be soft and easily worked.
She counts her stacks and shelves of gardening books scattered throughout the house,
And dreams of the days of summer when she is too busy in the garden to give them even a passing thought.
When she sees a little pot of irises blooming inside,
She dreams of the dozens of irises that should be blooming in her garden in early March.
And as she browses through stacks of seed catalogs,
She dreams of eating a warm tomato, ripened in the sun.
Finally, when a gardener dreams in the wintertime….
She really does dream of the days of May.
And begins to count the days.