I fought the lawn and the lawn won

One of Canada’s finest, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, let me off with a warning for complaining so much about cold fronts, low pressure systems and cold Canadian air. I’ll stop complaining about these “cold snaps” swooping in from the north and ruining my gardening plans. After he took off the handcuffs, we discovered we have a mutual Canadian friend……Peat Moss!

Parting is such sweet sorrow

                                                                                                            Talk about a tender moment. Seems every spring here in Michigan we get a significant warm up with temperatures in the 70’s and the landscape comes alive with brilliant tender blooms, tender foliage growth, and then…….KA-POW……it’s back to reality again including SNOW!!! Slow moving low pressure!!!! Cold!!!!! Looks like it’s going to happen again. Oh beautiful Magnolia blossom (pictured above Magnolia ‘Yellow Bird’). I enjoyed you for a day, now fly away, fly away, come back next year and we’ll do it all over again.

I just wet my “plants”

We’ve all been anxious to “dive in” to our yards and gardens after a long winter. My garden center friends around the country have been saying the same thing I have…….where’s spring? It looks like it’s finely going to arrive next week, keep your fingers crossed. The picture above is of me diving into a raging river in Canada (and yes that water’s cold). You can just see the top of my head at the top of the picture in the white foaming waters. The guys standing on the ledge were supposed to reach out and catch me if I would just jump in. I jumped, they missed and one minute later I was about 200 yards downstream wondering what happened.

At some point you have to dive in whether you’re ready or not. Don’t get scared now, you can do it, spring is finally here. Dive in, the water’s fine……and don’t lose your “composture”……or you might just wet your “plants.”