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!