Apr 08

Pretty After All

Every spring since I started gar­den­ing, I reach the point at least once when I feel so over­whelmed by what has to be done that I seri­ously think about sit­ting down for a nice, long boo-hoo.

There just isn’t enough time to clean it all up! I don’t have enough energy for all of this! Every­thing is asleep and it’s dif­fi­cult to imag­ine a gar­den spring­ing up from the rav­ages of winter.

Thank­fully, Mother Nature usu­ally kicks in about this time and starts pre­sent­ing small gifts. The helle­bores climb out of the rot­ting leaves and from under the snow with pro­fu­sions of blooms.

Helle­borus x hybridus ‘Kingston Cardinal’

The daf­fodils poke their heads up and begin to bloom.

The tulips aren’t far behind.

Gar­lic that I planted back in the fall is grow­ing. And it’s safe to put out the let­tuce starts.

And it all begins to look hope­ful and (Dare I say it?) pretty after all.

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25 Responses to “Pretty After All”

  1. Faye Says:

    Beautiful–and very inspir­ing!
    How do you keep deer from devour­ing your tulips? I’ve lost this bat­tle two years running…

    thanks so much for your encour­ag­ing posts; i think of them when i am gardening:)

  2. Robin Ripley Says:

    Hi Faye,

    Thank you for the kind com­ment. The tulips are insight the enclosed gar­den. Now, the deer could eas­ily step right over the fence to eat the tulips. But they don’t! The only thing I’ve been able to con­clude is that by the time some­thing is grow­ing in the gar­den worth eat­ing, there is so much other food avail­able in the sur­round­ing woods that the deer aren’t tempted. I can’t think of any other rea­son they don’t bother the gar­den at all.

    Robin Rip­ley

  3. Sheila Says:

    Isn’t it amaz­ing how we go through the same cycles every year. I always get burnt out and won­der if I have lost my pas­sion for gar­den­ing when all of a sud­den nature responds and that won­der­ful feel­ing of ful­fill­ment returns!
    .-= Sheila´s last blog ..Angel Trum­pet Tree? =-.

  4. Mr. McGregor's Daughter Says:

    It’s good to see the return of spring and flow­ers after that bur­ial by snow your gar­den went through.
    .-= Mr. McGregor’s Daughter´s last blog ..Word­less Wednes­day: Anemonella thal­ic­troides =-.

  5. Kathy from Cold Climate Gardening Says:

    Our gar­lic is up, too. I won­der how it does with unex­pected (from the garlic’s point of view) frosts and freezes? We’ll find out! Lovely dou­ble helle­bore …
    .-= Kathy from Cold Cli­mate Gardening´s last blog ..Seed-Starting: Online Help =-.

  6. Dee @ Red Dirt Ramblings Says:

    I always feel the same way too Robin. So much to do and so lit­tle time, and then nature starts to sur­prise me all over again. Beau­ti­ful pho­tos, by the way, and don’t those daffs look like pearls against the earth?~~Dee
    .-= Dee @ Red Dirt Ramblings´s last blog ..Oh hail! =-.

  7. Karen Says:

    Oh I thought those first flow­ers were going to be dou­ble columbines. Do you hap­pen to know if there is any gar­lic you can plant in the spring??
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Go Rock­ies!!! =-.

  8. Leslie Says:

    I’m so glad things are look­ing so happy in your gar­den Robin. Spring has def­i­nitely arrived there!
    .-= Leslie´s last blog ..Ready, Set…Wait =-.

  9. A Garden of Threads Says:

    Mother nature does come to the res­cue in the Spring with lovely gifts. Lovely garden.

  10. Belle Says:

    Sim­ply beau­ti­ful. Quite an inspi­ra­tion for all gar­den­ers, patience.
    .-= Belle´s last blog ..Belle: Add Water to your Gar­den =-.

  11. Christine B. Says:

    We’re not at the pretty phase yet, still too much snow. I guess I’d bet­ter pre­pare for my boohoo phase, which will shortly be upon me. Glad your gar­den is start­ing to green up.

    Chris­tine in Alaska

  12. commonweeder Says:

    I’m not at the pretty phase yet either, but the few daffs I have tell me it won’t be long.
    .-= commonweeder´s last blog ..Mark Your Cal­en­dars =-.

  13. Dirty Girl Gardening Says:

    Oh god it’s look­ing gor­geous! No boo-hoo! :)

  14. Renee Says:

    So pretty! Your gar­den pho­tos are my favorites.

  15. Ann Says:

    I love see­ing your flow­ers and gar­den­ing — so much pret­tier than mine! And your Lenten Roses (helle­bores) are gor­geous! Mine are all sin­gles in white, pink, and deep maroon, but the dou­bles are really won­der­ful.
    .-= Ann´s last blog ..Hello, I’m Back — Again! Lent, Easter, & Related Top­ics =-.

  16. Annelie Says:

    It is like tiny lit­tle gifts isn’t it. Love your tulip planter. And also, funny enough, I too have gar­lic com­ing up, only dif­fer­ence is — I didn’t plant any last year. Planted 2 years ago and must have left some behind.
    .-= Annelie´s last blog ..Tick­led Pink =-.

  17. Kay Says:

    I soo know how you feel! There is that point in spring where I just don’t think I can do it all. But things do start com­ing up and hope springs eter­nal! I love your blog and can’t wait to hear about the chick­ens and your gar­den. Thanks for shar­ing.

  18. Layanee Says:

    I felt the same this week­end. I put on my ‘big girl panties’ and got to it. It is the small won­ders which keep us going though.

  19. Jean Says:

    Pretty? I’d say gor­geous! But I do know what you mean. I’ve been over­whelmed as well but finally I feel I’m get­ting things under con­trol. Except for the weeds in the lawn — but our mower just came back from the shop today, yay!
    .-= Jean´s last blog ..Mean­while, Back at the Ranch… =-.

  20. Sarah from Toronto Gardens Says:

    Those helle­bores are gor­geous, and I LOVE your daf­fodil glade.
    .-= Sarah from Toronto Gardens´s last blog ..How to tame a ram­bunc­tious Rosa =-.

  21. Renee Says:

    Robin, you’ve inspired me! I bought my first helle­bores and am so excited to see it bloom.… in a cou­ple of years. It’ll be worth it.

  22. Daricia Says:

    i love how you said this — that’s just how it is every spring!
    .-= Daricia´s last blog ..Acer palma­tum ‘Blood­good’ =-.

  23. Karyl Says:

    That Helle­borus is a stun­ner!
    .-= Karyl´s last blog ..Rais­ing the Bat House =-.

  24. Debra Howard Says:

    What a lovely blog with beau­ti­ful pics. Enjoyed it. Look­ing for­ward to check­ing out your chicken posts.
    .-= Debra Howard´s last blog ..Spring Time Blooms =-.

  25. Cindy, MCOK Says:

    Oh, Robin, I know whereof you speak! As beau­ti­ful as my back gar­den has been this spring, I have fre­quent moments of despair over the con­di­tions in the front gar­den. When I feel over­whelmed, I have to remind myself that it’s bet­ter to do even a lit­tle bit than to stand around wring­ing my hands and lament­ing to myself!

Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, is now available from Taunton Press. Bumblebee is about her life in rural Maryland, her garden, cooking, dogs and pet chickens. She also blogs about food and chickens at Eggs & Chickens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for visiting.


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