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Plants always have a way of bringing me inspiration, especially during the transition from the end of winter to the beginning of spring.  The first day of spring is this Friday, which brings me great joy!  I breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that the days are getting longer and the warm weather is soon to arrive. 

I look forward to the daffodils and tulips that will soon bloom.  Today in the garden at work, these amazing yellowish hellebores were planted with purple pansies and tulips.  Hellebores are absolutely one of my favorite flowers.  They are unique, especially because they bloom at the end of winter, early spring.  Their flowers can really vary, the colors, the mottled spots on the petals, the way they hang from the stem.  Some hang down with the face of the flower not noticed unless you pick it up. Others bloom upright and stare you in the face.  They hold a special place in my heart as they signify the transition from winter to spring, a time of renewal, a time of change. 

Hellebores are amazing in the ground, in a partially shaded environment with moist, organic soil.  They are also amazing in containers.  Buy them in a nursery in late winter, early spring and plant them in containers on your patio as a stand alone plant and you will get the most dramatic effect. 

There are hundreds of hellebore hybrids, colors ranging from plums to whites to yellows to purples.  There are hellebores with spots on them and even with ruffled petals, as you can see from the picture below.  Mixed together, hellebores create a beautiful display.  They are certainly a special flower and have even inspired me to paint. 

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I ordered some Hellebores for my new garden and am excited to plant them next week.  They are a must-have in every garden.  I urge you to buy some for your garden. They will surely bring inspiration to you as well.  Maybe they will inspire you to start a garden or maybe they will inspire you to paint.  Or maybe they will inspire you to take a moment to appreciate their beauty, the beauty of nature, the beauty in a flower.  The simple things in life always seem to inspire me.  Simple things teach me beautiful life lessons.  And plants continue to inspire me, as they always have….and they always will………

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Creation comes from within the mind.  My garden is the beginning of something good, something real, something amazing.   It will be created by me, with all of my little horticultral brain cells running rampant in my mind.  Brainstorming sessions have begun.  My sketching pencils have touched the paper.  Creative mind be free, no limits, no fears….

Clematis and pink climbing rose will grow up the railing of the deck.  I definitely need some peonies for they are one of my most cherished flower.  They remind me of my mother when she was young, beautiful and healthy.  You see, for me, flowers carry memories, they carry time.  They mean something to me.  Perhaps this is how I connected with the world of plants at a very young age.  I used to pick black-eyed susans with my grandmother when I was a child.  I remember admiring those linear yellow petals with the brown eye.  I remember being intrigued by the small grains of pollen.  I remember the bees, the sunshine and the wind in my hair as I touched the flower.  To this very day, 20 years later, I am still intrigued. 

The future rock garden in front of my deck will be mottled with boulders, sedums, creeping thyme, pulsatilla, and small rock garden plants.  There is something special about a rock garden, that coarse texture of the rock against the smoothness of the vegetation. The Yin and the Yang. 

And of course, I need an herb garden.  Rosemary, thyme, oregano, and basil.  The four herbs I cannot live without.  There is nothing like the freshness of an herb, especially when using for cooking.  Sprinkle some rosemary on a roasted chicken  and it is so yummy.  Make some pesto sauce with basil. I do this every year.  I always seem to have SO MUCH basil at the end of the season.  So, I always make a nice pesto sauce.  Yum.  Yum. 

Garden ideas.  They come to me in the morning when I awake.  They come to me during my daydreaming sessions in the late afternoon.  They come to me at night.  My mind is always thinking and creating.  My mind is always connecting the creative dots.  My horticultural brain cells are always moving. If you are a passionate gardener/designer, you will know exactly how I feel.

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So, the winter snow and freezing cold has prevented me from taking measurements of the area for my garden BUT I have still been thinking about the garden.  I decided that I really would like to grow as much as I can from seed. Growing from seed is rewarding.  To take one look at such a small thing that turns into something so beautiful is truly quite amazing.  Growing from seed makes you just feel good.  There is this crazy rewarding feeling.  Like, wow!! I did that!!  How could that be possible?  It is a sense of wonder, of amazement.  In all the years I have been growing, I never lose that sense, ever.  It will be with me forever.  If you are a gardener, you will understand exactly what I am talking about.

As I look outside at the snow on the ground, the frozen hens and chicks on my porch (you know ,the plant!) and the glazed winter harbor, my mind is already fast-forwarding to spring.  I tend to rush winter and never fully appreciate it.  I just simply do not like the chill.  I love the outdoors and my time spent there diminishes greatly when the temperature is below 40 degrees.  I am a warm weather babe, what can I say?  I like the warmth of the sun, tank tops and flip flops, summer dresses, little clothing, tan skin.  I live for warm weather. 

The excitement of spring already runs in my mind, the fresh start, the first crocus bloom, knowing that warm weather is soon to follow.  It is already mid-January which means that March is not far away.  I was born in March and always look forward to the month. In like a lion, out like a lamb.  I love that saying because I was born at the end of March which is really a great time of year.  A time for renewal.  For me anyway…

So on this cold winter day, if you dislike the cold like me, think of spring that lies not too far away. It is something to look forward to.  Think of the crocus that will soon bloom and of the warmer days to follow.  Think of your hands that will soon be sinking into the soil.  Think that spring is near…

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