At long last, March has arrived.  After spending much of January and most all of February sick with one thing or another, I tottered forth into the sunshine and managed to accomplish a few much-needed errands.  Now I’m whacked and feeling it’s time for a nap.  That’s what seemingly endless virus’s will do to a body.  Considering I’m not the only sufferer in the  Shenandoah Valley or the country, I think most everyone except the die-hard skiing fanatics would agree that what we all need is SPRING!  A tonic to mind, body, and spirit.
To that end, I point out the snow crocus and snowdrops blooming here and there in sheltered spots of my yard and garden.    Welcome green shoots of crocus, daffodils, tulips…are pushing up through the earth most everywhere, and today the weather is supposed to be sunny and 60 degrees.   The pussy willow is bursting forth with catkins, and fussy barnyard geese are laying eggs.   I conclude it’s early spring and much prefer that term to ‘late winter.’  Far more mood brightening.
In keeping with the season, I’m sorting through boxes stuffed with envelopes of seeds leftover from the past year or two and ordering more (we count our wealth in seeds) as well as potatoes, strawberries, culinary herbs and all things garden.   Which as far as I’m concerned equals all things good as any true gardener will agree.  I also save seed, am a big fan of  heirloom seeds, and have been known to share  so I’m not simply hording my treasure trove.
An excellent place to be for those in want of  plants is out in the garden with me on a fine spring day while I divide perennials and thin overly generous larkspur, love in a mist, and poppy seedlings…I’ll soon tire, allowing them to take over certain spots of the garden, but in the beginning I’m imbued with the determination that this year all will be in order.  I soon concede to a more wildflower look and justify many of the weeds as ‘kind of pretty.’  We definitely have a wildlife habitat here, another justification for the unkempt tangle that encroaches as the season unfolds.  But now, all is fresh, new, and filled with promise.
In my search of every more seeds on the internet I came across an interesting site with images of vintage seed packets for sale:


  1. Mary Ricksen // March 2, 2011 at 11:10 AM  

    Spring is sprung, the grass is rised, I wonder where the flowers is. The boids are on the wing, now ain't that obsoid, I always thought the wings was on the boids.
    When I think of spring it always comes to mind. My aunt used to say it every year.
    Great post!!!!Great pics too!

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  3. Beth Trissel // March 2, 2011 at 11:40 AM  

    Lovely Mary. One of my teachers used to say that one too.

  4. Mona Risk // March 2, 2011 at 12:03 PM  

    We usually don't experience Spring in Florida, but I did this past weekend in St. Augustine when nature was a pure plesaure to look at.

  5. Beth Trissel // March 2, 2011 at 12:22 PM  

    Delightful, Mona.

  6. Mary Marvella // March 2, 2011 at 12:40 PM  

    Hey, Beth! Trees are budding and blooming all over the place! "Spring is bustin' out all over!", even if it's barely March. I'm lovin' it, even if my allergies are going wild.

    Thanks for the colorful pictures.

    I found 2 old packets of seeds and 2 bags of dried bulbs. I put all contents outside before the rain and covered them with dirt and plant food. We'll see what survives. (grin)

  7. Pamela Varnado // March 2, 2011 at 12:44 PM  

    Love the pictures. To me they represent budding opportunities.

    I'm glad you're feeling better. I hardly ever get sick, but I suppose that will change now that my grandsons live with me. Germs spread and blossom like seeds, weeds, and flowers in public schools and day care centers.

    For years I've dreamed of planting a flower garden. This year I'm determined to do it. I have just the right spot picked and have already cleared all the grass. Unfortunately, beyond that, I don't know the first thing about gardening. I'd planned on going to Lowes this weekend and buying some soil to mix with all the icky Georgia clay. I have this catalog that sells complete garden kits. Enough flowers are included to cover my area. After I plant the flowers, all I have to do is water, maintain, and enjoy my garden. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I have a green thumb when it comes to houseplants. Hope that trend continues to the outside.

  8. Joanne // March 2, 2011 at 2:23 PM  

    Your posts and pictures are always so beautiful and soothing. Spring is here in sunny South Carolina and the Bradford Pear trees are ready to put on their gorgeous display.

  9. J.L. Murphey // March 2, 2011 at 9:24 PM  

    Spring has sprung.
    The Cardinals have sung.

    Now is the time to plant the seeds
    And also pull some weeds.

    Bulbs burst forth
    showing their colorful worth.

    To authors dismay
    Not wanting to miss the display.

    Play hookie from writing
    With temperatures no long biting.

    Yes, Spring has sprung
    And new life has begun.

  10. Beth Trissel // March 2, 2011 at 9:43 PM  

    Good heavens ladies, you all really do have spring sprung at your homes. It's only just begun here in The Shenandoah Valley. Pam mix plenty of good peat moss and humus with your soil to build it loosen it up. Good luck to all on your gardening endeavors and keep me posted.

  11. Autumn Jordon // March 2, 2011 at 10:37 PM  

    Your pictures are so lovely. I'm so ready for spring this year. I keep looking at my flower beds, waiting for the first green to pop through the soil. I did start some basil and parsley seeds this week.

  12. Mary Marvella // March 2, 2011 at 10:40 PM  

    A lot of my bulbs have shoots! Now if the deer will leave the alone!

  13. Nightingale // March 2, 2011 at 11:20 PM  

    What a lovely place your live in, Beth. I hope you feel better soon.

  14. Nightingale // March 3, 2011 at 10:33 AM  

    Beth, sorry you've been ill. This was a beautiful post. Such lovely pictures. I think everybody is more than ready for Spring this year.

  15. Judy // March 3, 2011 at 1:25 PM  

    I love Spring! When we lived in Atlanta they were the prettiest I'd ever seen! I used to stand in the backyard and sniff the air, able to smell the freshness of things growing around me!! Beautiful pictures! Thanks!