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–“spring after winter”

January 22, 2014

in” Silent Spring”, Rachel Carson wrote…

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrain of nature–

the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”

spring 205I went out to tidy in the garden – but it’s still a bit cool

the snowdrops have a sunny, protected space

spring 208the black hellebore Ann gave me in the fall are blooming

this is the bouquet she gave me last Spring

the plant man told her the roots were difficult to divide successfully

and they might not bloom for 2 or 3 years – I’m thrilled!

spring 215a much older hellebore is happy, too

spring 210the bergenia is just starting to bloom

insects-critters 134and at my friend Anke’s the critters are restless

ah! isn’t he/she cute – destructive little monster

12 Comments leave one →
  1. January 27, 2014 4:00 am

    Life is a fabric that heals itself. Life is more than the warp and woof of its weave. And although life’s pattern is ancient, it beats every contemporary alternative. Life is self-repairing, a healing quality that brings abundance to all living creatures. Thank you for your beautiful blog. And for remembering Rachel Carson. – The Healing Garden gardener


  2. January 25, 2014 9:12 am

    We’re a little behind you folks over there on the island. The snowdrops are coming out but the bergenias are still looking a bit floppy yet. My garlic is coming up though. Poor people who have Real Winter!


  3. January 24, 2014 12:36 am



  4. January 23, 2014 3:09 pm

    my toes are tingly with the cold, i think they are, or maybe i can’t feel them and that’s what i remember from when they still felt like toes…


    • January 23, 2014 4:19 pm

      Velma – your pictures are beautiful but enough is enough. I don’t know how you get out of bed in the morning and face another day of IT. You’re a stronger woman than I am!


  5. January 23, 2014 6:21 am

    *already*???! wow. we are being covered by snow right now and i keep racking my brain to try and remember what spots milkweed was standing to do a winter harvest. spring! that seems eons away. you are fortunate.


  6. January 22, 2014 2:54 pm

    I’m so envious–we won’t have anything at all for months! The hellebore are great–I keep meaning to plant some and forget every year. Can I plant them in spring (if it ever comes?) Love the destructive little raccoon . . . can’t help myself!


    • January 22, 2014 4:08 pm

      Kerry – hellebore are nice because the leaves are interesting too. I have pink, white and double petals and now the black ones. I think in your climate spring would be ok. Yes, the racoons are cute but when you have 4 or 5 they can be a real nuisance.


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