It got up to 52 degrees F today. I seriously considered going out to do some yard work. If this were mid October or so and it reached the same mark on the thermometer, I would say it’s too cold to work outside. The difference? Spring fever. True, 52 is warm, compared to say 21. It’s also quite chilly after being bathed in 90+ degree heat. But there’s more to spring fever than the change in weather.
There’s this urge to dig into the warming soil and inhale that wonderful smell. Then, there are the fragrances of spring: Blossoms of all sorts, freshly mowed lawns and rain washed air. All of this is intensified by the desire to plant seeds and starts; then nurture them until they produce delicious yummies…or beautiful flowers.
The only cure for spring fever is to get outside. Warm sun, fresh air, some hard work and accomplishment will surely bring improvement to the most avid gardener.
When I was growing up, we used to get bulb catalogs right about now. Yes, in the middle of winter, while the snow is blowing into drifts outside and gardening is the least likely activity of the day!
But oh, the flowers! Page after page of beauty in every shape, size and color.
Now is a good time to think about them; in fact, just trying to name my favorites puts a big smile on my face. Let’s see, there’s roses, violets, gladiolas, delphinium, lilies, daisies, hollihocks, petunias, pansies,…too many to list…and they’re all my favorites!
What is (are) your favorite(s)? Why?