Vernal Equinox, Searching for Spring

A vernal equinox marks equal day and night. The pre-dawn moon adds light to the day.  Waking to itsDSC_0071

blue light shining in the bedroom window disoriented me, DSC_0091 though the bird song followed soon to mark the start of day.  The sun rose and cast long shadows DSC_0090 as I checked on Spring’s slow progress.  The raised beds need some repair.  DSC_0083Dear son built the first of them about ten years ago.  Uncovering one or two,DSC_0081 was not premature, as forgotten daffodils were released .  The beds with garlic DSC_0084 did not get a winter blanket; the bulbs grew through the long Winter months. Small sign posts that Spring would  come . My usual zeal for Easter has waned this year.  Though some decorative touches  DSC_0100will be apparent,  Spring feels different this year.  My fondest garden mentor is no longer with us;  I miss our usual chatter and banter about the garden.  My college roommate left the world this year and much too soon because there is still so much we haven’t spoken of in the garden.  She was just hitting her stride in the gorgeous and grand world of gardening.  Dear son is living far away in the high desert of New Mexico and we will miss his usual raucous, funny and larger than life presence around our holiday table.

Come on Spring!  Easter is here and the equinox signaled equal day and night.  Now just days later, we should be feeling MORE day than night!  Less feeling of loss, darkness and death and more of life and growth.  Thank you iris,

Iris reticulata

Iris reticulata

you know what is needed!


About Jayne in Georgia

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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11 Responses to Vernal Equinox, Searching for Spring

  1. Ah, that iris gets my gardening spirit going! How beautiful they are!

    I’m sorry that your spring is so bittersweet this year. The older I get, the more I find myself linking new growth with losses of many kinds. Like any balance in life, sometimes the scales weigh more heavily in one direction or the other…. I hope you find your balance again soon.


  2. Spring is really coming. Yesterday I saw our first blooming crocus bulbs. Love your iris reticulata. Happy Easter!


  3. So glad iris came to give you some cheer. Your post was very poetic. Spring is certainly taking its time but last year, it came on strong in March and then we baked all summer. Not in a hurry for that again. Be well.


  4. Spring is such a long time coming and our forecast for the next week shows no let up in the freezing temperatures, wind still coming from Russia in the east, it has been bitterly cold for such a long time now. Love your little iris, they are charming! Happy Easter to you and your family.


  5. elaine says:

    It seems the whole world is waiting for spring to arrive, me included. My iris haven’t flowered yet this year I never seem to have much luck with them lasting from one year to the next – shame ‘cos they are such a sweet little flower.


  6. Happy Easter! …and thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂 Easter greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla


  7. The Diehard Winter-Lover agrees … spring would be nice. Your iris are so pretty! The quince are blooming while the sweet almond succumbs to the winter of 2012. I am planting a copper beech this year – no matter what!


  8. I love iris reticulata – this pale one is better than the dark purple for me because in this garden the dark ones always get eaten by the birds before the flowers have a chance to bloom! Must be a tasty treat after all those seed heads through Winter.
    P.S. – thanks for your comment on my blog….funny how the blog world works – you appeared out of no-where!


  9. Barbara says:

    Hello Jayne, thanks for visiting and commenting. Just browsed back to Christmas here. Interesting blog. Gorgeous dogs and the rabbit in the pot is fun.


  10. Sunil Patel says:

    Hello Jayne, there’s a touch of sadness in this post, despite Easter, the Equinox and Spring. Hopefully the weather will improve and the season will finally get going – then there will be no stopping it!


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