Spring, so eagerly awaited, has come and gone. There were a few hot days early on but most of spring was cool and wet. Exceedingly wet. It reminded me of one of the last “summers” spent in Holland. It rained for six weeks straight, actually, it poured every day and night. Which probably explains why Dutch people have a tendency to go abroad on their vacations; at least they have a chance to tan in Spain or Italy. By the time the rain stopped in early September, the temperatures started dropping and we went straight into fall.
Two weeks off to “work” in the garden, a week at work and a business trip to Chicago and before I knew it another month has passed. How time flies. Weather-wise spring has been rather cool. There were a few hot days in late April which made the garden come alive while frequent rains helped everything along in the weeks since.
With April barely started, vibrant colors are returning to the garden. Forsythia with its yellow flowers brightens up the back yard while spring bulbs in shades of blue, yellow, pink and white light up the front garden. Temperatures are still in the chilly range most of the time, but I eagerly walk through the garden after work to see what has reappeared.
Temperatures are on the rise and everywhere the spirits of gardeners are lifting as well. Seeds have been sown and soon after the first seedlings made an appearance. Zinnia ‘green envy’, Irish bells and Castor bean plants are standing tall under grow lights. Cuttings from my fuchsias have been taken in order to fill additional containers come mid May.