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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