Saturday, February 11, 2017

Spring surprise

As soon as my Christmas tree is down I declare it spring. And from then on, I cheer spring on.

The tree came down around Candlemas. Me being a schlep, my wreath is still up. But other people's wreaths are up too. I am not alone.

Still it feels great to feel spring in the air, or imagine I do. That picture up above that I took the other day does not exactly scream spring. And yet... and yet ...

The daffodils have been inching up for a few weeks. Today I spotted the sorrel plant! And I bit into one of the leaves. That sour-lemon taste! That is spring!

And now for the big surprise. Remember those pathetic containers I put into the bishop's weed? They are covered in dead leaves.

Idly I brushed the leaves off this one tub. And lo and behold ...

It was brimming with oregano!

It is not as if I can get everything right. A stick stuck in the pot read "Apple Mint." Perhaps I might see some apple mint later. But for now, oregano! A lot of it! I think the leaves were making the planter into some kind of a greenhouse.

Because I did not have this oregano last summer. But I sure have it now!

Now I can see hope inching up with me like those daffodil shoots. Every year I have garden ambitions. Every year, because I have too many irons in the fire, the grand plans end in chaos.

Oh well.

It makes for good entertainment!


Leith said...

I'm a schlepp too! My tree AND wreath are up! They bring me great joy every day until spring! I was thinking of keeping my tree up until Easter, then hanging my hand-decorated eggs on it. Would that be weird? I was also surprised when I ventured out into my frozen garden the other day....lo and behold, the french thyme was poking through the icy crust and I cut a bunch of it off and put it all over my roast that night. DELISH! I figure there are 5 weeks until we all crawl out of our collective caves, but until then, enjoy the A.N.T.I.C.I.P.A.T.I.O.N!

Mary Kunz Goldman said...

Leith, I just now saw this!! LOLOLOLOL!