The snow drifts seem impossibly high these days. It is hard to imagine them disappearing as quickly as they do each spring. For me, these are the magical moments of spring – the sudden melting of the snow, the puddles in the park and those lovely bits of green popping up in the garden.
No matter that spring is several months off for us in Regina. I have no difficulty at all conjuring up spring flowers in my mind’s eye. I easily picture the profusion of Liverlilies(Hepatica nobilis, pictured above) that, last year, took me by surprise as they bloomed for weeks on end.
If I close my eyes, it’s as if I can breathe in warm air and the delicate scents that pervaded the garden. I remember my incredible excitement when the Meadowrue (Thalictrum rochebrunianum, pictured above) bloomed. With its late appearance last spring, I was certain it was lost.
Sometimes I remember my garden in Ottawa. I said goodbye to it nearly seven years ago. It amazes me to realise that I can still remember exactly what was planted where. For several years after leaving, I fretted about some of the plants and wondered if they were receiving the care they needed.
It was hard letting go of that garden because it was the first garden I created on my own. I grew all my favourite shrubs and perennials and interspersed them with raspberries, currants, strawberries, rhubarb, herbs and vegetables. Vines took over fences and climbed up walls. Trees sheltered some areas from too much sunlight. Stenciled flowerpots spilled over with flowers and herbs. Interspersed with my plant memories are those of my son playing alongside of me from the time he could walk until he was eight-years-old.
And more than anything this is what I cherish – the special people and animals that will forever remain in my store of garden memories.
On an entirely different note, one of the things that I am enjoying through this winter is reading all of the garden blogs that I have encountered – no matter the climate, each of them brings me a smile and a feeling that we are all in this together.