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countdown to spring

last year
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The birds know. The plants certainly do. I do too. Notice those extra 30 seconds or so of daylight as every evening starts a tiny bit later. Sap rising, buds breaking and most of all, for me, seeds sprouting. There is nothing as exhilarating, life-affirming and hopeful as seeing that tiny cotyledon unfurl in the tentative winter light. Most days, there will be new signs of life - I hover over the pots, magnifying glass in hand...and have to restrain myself from poking around with a toothpick.

Today's arrival, after only 3 days in the cold greenhouse, I welcomed delphinium nudicaule 'Fox'. Delphinium are notoriously willing to germinate -my semi-barbatum Zalil sprouted in the fridge. From now until mid May, there will be new seedlings appearing every day. This is my most enjoyable gardening experience...even after years of sowing and growing, it never fails to bring joy and pleasure. Such a small thing, to carry so much hope and potential. This is the best time of the year.

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