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Waiting for Spring

Today there was no wow in winter. 

There was only dullness and brownness, crunchy leaves, drab and gray, stale leftovers from another season before the winter sleep.

I worked hard in the Lady Garden, raking away a foot of leaves, planting a few plants, pulling weeds, and there was still no wow, nothing to show. I didn't feel satisfied. But then I saw promise that spring is coming. Yes, it's coming. The signs are subtle, a few young shoots, tiny buds swelling, telling me the land is waking.

Soon the earth will come out of its slumber, cast away the rags and put on colorful new party clothes.

How much would we love spring if there were no winter?

So I am content for today, waiting for spring.

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Reader Comments (12)

Great post, Deb. Spring truly is all the sweeter because of its contrast with gray, stale leftovers. Well put. Nice photos. Every day brings us closer, but you're right. We need to enjoy today first.

January 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

I am so glad to hear that! I do think you are right, Spring is all the sweeter because of the winter.

January 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterteresa

Hi Deb, Gee, All I see is Wow! Every photo is beautiful. When was the last time you had your eyes checked?? ;>)) Gorgeous woodland paths and are your buds swelling now as in your photos? If so lucky you! Lovely post!

January 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

All them leaves are just free compost in the makin'. Spring is just around the corner.
I think it was Emerson who said. "Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience".

January 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersanddune

I love those sephia photos!

January 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commentervrtlaricaana

Yep, the monochrome photos do, indeed, take the wow out of winter. Great effect, though, especially with the lovely photos of what's to come. Have a great weekend. Hank

January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHank

Yes, spring is sweeter after winter. Glad you're getting a glimpse, I have a ways to go yet....

January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

I agree, winter teaches us to appreciate spring all the more. But there is still beauty, even in the dullness and browness of winter.

January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCurbstone Valley Farm

A lovely piece of writing - I really enjoyed this and feel the same as you Deb. I really liked your sepia in the first few photos - it really added to your brown and dullness descriptions of winter. Rosie

January 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterleavesnbloom

Enjoyed your lovely photos. We have a rather different outlook on spring ... for some gardeners in the world winter and spring are just about the same. We don't get snow in winter ... we don't get really cold temps. or frosts ... so our gardens look pretty much the same from autumn all the way through to summer! That's probably why I so enjoy winter photos from gardens around the world.

January 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBernie

Deb, you are absolutely right. As much as we complain and grumble about winter, if there was none spring definitely would not have its magic and excitement. Your pictures are wonderful. Great photography.

January 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercherylr

BEAUTIFUL! I love the first picture especially!

January 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTatyana

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