“The spring has sprung, the grass is rizz. I wonder where them birdies is?” ~A.A. Milne

Actually, the birds are singing away outside my door, but I like the quote and that's how it goes.To declare the Shenandoah Valley in the full bloom of spring is a tad premature, but we are poised to burst forth. The early plants already are. And, like the happy kitty above, I say bring it on! This has seemed an exceedingly long and tiresome winter.

The report on the seeds I've started in my little greenhouse is that many of them are coming up, though not all. It's said that parsley has to go to the devil and back again seven times (and he keeps some for himself) before those seedlings emerge. And I have more seeds I need to start. But I will. I'm using the large yogurt containers to begin the seeds and will transplant them into the small yogurt containers and whatever else I can find. I'm recycling, and we're eating a lot of yogurt these days, also begging the containers from friends and family. If the cost of shipping were cheaper I'd ask you to mail me yours. 

As to my gardens, before the snow that hit on Sunday and into Monday, I was able to work outdoors and pull a whole wheelbarrow full of overwintering weeds. Yes, they always manage to survive the harshest weather. I'm taking stock of what else made it through and considering which plants didn't and should be replaced or grow something different in that spot. I am expanding my herbs, so look for more fragrance this year.

For those of you who love gardening and country life, I recommend my nonfiction book, Shenandoah Watercolors, was 2.99, now only .99 at Amazon. The book is also available in print with beautiful pics of the valley and mountains taken by my talent


  1. Barbara Monajem // March 21, 2013 at 11:19 AM  

    Thanks for being the harbinger of spring, Beth. I was sneezing a lot the other day, so evidently spring has already sprung in some places. ;~)

  2. Beth Trissel // March 21, 2013 at 12:44 PM  

    Trees are out. I've been on allergy shots for years, but still know. And thanks!

  3. Beth Trissel // March 21, 2013 at 12:44 PM  

    Trees are out. I've been on allergy shots for years, but still know. And thanks!

  4. Nightingale // March 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM  

    Beautiful post Beth. Love the jumping kitty.

  5. Pamela Varnado // March 22, 2013 at 3:21 PM  

    Great post, Beth. The weather is playing tricks on us in Georgia. It can't decide what to do. One minute is hot, the next cold and rainy. Good thing, I've all ready got my stash of allergy medicine.

  6. Mary Ricksen // March 22, 2013 at 4:18 PM  

    I am sooo jealous! My Aunt used to say that one. Spring is sprung the grass is rizzed, I wonder where the flowers is? The boids are on the wing, now ain't that absoid, I always thought the wings was on the boids!
    That's how I remember her saying it...

  7. Beth Trissel // March 22, 2013 at 4:48 PM  

    Thanks guys. Well, MR, I don't know that whole quote like your aunt did.

  8. Mary Marvella // March 22, 2013 at 7:59 PM  

    Love Beth's welcome to Spring! Last night was freezing in some places in GA, and some folks were looking for sleet.

    Some of my plants think it's past time! Neighbors have daffodils and my irises are trying to bloom again!

    And I am sneezing like crazy!