Slice of Life Challenge Day 26 – The slow slide into spring

The garden catalogs have piled on my coffee table and in my e-mail box. I have ordered seeds, they have arrived and some are already growing. I am ready!IMG_2688

I have cleaned and sharpen my clippers. I have purchased a new small, sharp hand clippers to help clear the old growth of last year. I am ready!

The snow melted and the tulips have started to grow. The aconite are blooming sort of and the crocuses are trying hard to bloom. We are ready!



The sedum is pushing up from the old broken stems while the foxglove plants are turning greener everyday. We am ready!



The Lilac buds are closed tightly but turning green and the Forsythia and Buffalo Current bushes are afraid to grow at all. We am ready!

Buffalo Current Buds

Buffalo Current Buds

The sun, when it shines, lasts just a bit longer each day – it is really light almost 3 hours longer now than in December. We are ready!

The temperature climbs and falls and climbs again. I checked and for us we are really right on target. It is ranging about 30 to low 50’s. We are ready!



So where is spring? It is here – the birds are singing, the days are lengthening, the plants are growing oh so slowly and the temperature is rising bit by bit. It is ready!

It is just my soul and gardening fingers that need things to move faster. It is my hurry up attitude that wants to jump into the warm days of gardening.



I need to breath, slow down and let spring do its thing. I need to allow spring to slowly slide into place letting the late winter snows blow themselves out and the ground absorb the moisture it needs to handle the summer sun.

So I will plant the next round of seeds to go under the grow light. I will bundle up and take another walk around the garden to see what new bud has sprung or plant has peeked up from underground to see if it is safe to grow yet. I will let the rain and snow moisten the ground yet another day. We will be ready when the warmer days of spring come!

Husker Red

Husker Red





About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, help in schools and write. Life is good!
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6 Responses to Slice of Life Challenge Day 26 – The slow slide into spring

  1. keitheduardo says:

    The structure of this piece really had me engaged from the beginning. The last three paragraphs are such a testament to the wonder and waiting of spring fever! 5 out 5 stars!

  2. Carrie H says:

    This makes me want to dig in the dirt, bring the earth to life. I love this about Spring.

  3. arjeha says:

    Spring does seem to meov slowly, but it is so worth it when it arrives.

  4. Linda Baie says:

    I’m waiting for you, Joanne. You’ve made me enthusiastic. Out last frost-free date is May 15th, so I have a while to wait. Love the pictures, especially of the sedum which I love, those sweet tiny flowers!

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