03.20.13 never enough

Happy first day of Spring!

It is heartening to think of the days growing longer and the warmth of the sun gaining momentum each day. Here, in Minneapolis, where I live, however, this first day of Spring is the coldest of my 40-something lifetime. So, on a day when winter is really feeling like enough is ENOUGH, I turn to Thoreau.

I had a friend years ago who used to say that you couldn’t hate someone for the same reasons that you love them. Nature is like that. It is part and parcel. Beauty and terror, serenity, and brutality. Winter wind and summer sun. And, no, we can’t ever have enough. Even when it seems that we have way too much.

blog032013_walden79/365: walden

01.31.13 expect wonders

Sure, it’s back in the single digits on this final January day but an arctic blast can’t snuff out my spark of garden fever!┬áThe other night, I took an awesome free class from Mother Earth Gardens (held at Riverview Wine Bar, nice touch!) and learned all about starting plants indoors from seed. Fever ignited.

Do you know what that means? The seed catalogs are in the mail and I am pulling out the graph paper. I could be actively gardening in just a few weeks. Onions seeds first, I think. With all that fervor to keep me warm, I went out wandering in the yard and examined all the garden-related stuff ┬ástill strewn across our potting bench from fall…

Things are going to be sprouting before you know it!

blog013113_garden things31/365: two twines with stone

“Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” – Henry David Thoreau