Sunday, April 12, 2009
The colors of spring
Springtime in the flatlands finds the landscape brightened by colorful pansies. They are the “go to” flower for the cool spring months. You can find their happy, open faces framed by almost every shade of color found in nature.
While I love them all, and want them all, I always end up buying the brilliant yellow ones. I put them in pots on my back steps where that splash of sunshine can be frequently enjoyed. As I exit the garage for my house, they seem to dance in the breeze and offer a friendly “Welcome home.”
Today I feature them as my contribution to Mellow Yellow Monday.
For the past ten spring seasons I have been lucky enough to work part time at a sweet garden nursery not far from my home. For those two months, it is without a doubt the best job to be had. I’m outside in the sun, enjoying fresh air, playing in the dirt and talking about plants.
The discount on flowers is also a definite perk. By the end of the season, typically I have made just enough money to pay for what I purchased. The new stuff I learn and the friendships I make are an especially satisfying bonus.
Also pictured here are my back porch pots, which along with pansies, contain lovely linaria. And the rose-like beauties are ranunculus. All of these plants are what we refer to at the nursery as DBJs – dead by June. Nursery humor. But the sad fact is that their tender anatomy cannot tolerate the summer heat of the flatlands.
Wherever you are, I hope you enjoy the colors of spring. Maybe not quite yet, but soon.