March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb. (old proverb)
The month of March has carried the winter banner forward – snow, a bit of rain, and more snow. Bitter temperatures come and go – at least the garden is covered by a deep layer of snow, tucked in safely for the season. For most of us in North America, the winter has been long and difficult and I, at least, long for the return of spring.
The garden is asleep, as witnessed by Zelda peering out from her wintry cap. (here is Zelda in warmer times) Snow whiteouts have become common, spectacular and ghost-like. The world is gray and white and brown but I am dreaming of color. To satisfy my need for the hues and vibrancy of the garden, I have begun spending the first hour of each day watching YouTube garden videos. They remind me that the garden season is not so far away and I am inspired to plant seeds, propagate plants, and dream of the days to come. Here are a few of my favorite videos filled with color and hope.
Gardener’s World hosted by Monty Don is a rich mix of garden visits, personal experience growing a wide variety of plants, and tips and tricks for any gardener. Episodes from March 2011 onward are a great choice, starting with this fresh breath of spring.
Carol Klein, a passionate gardener and presenter for BBC’s Gardener’s World series, was featured in a six episode series focusing on her garden at Glebe Cottage. “A Year in a Cottage Garden” is a beautifully filmed profile of a year in a personal and beautiful garden – the time-lapse visuals are stunning and the music is lovely.
I am looking forward to the “out like a lamb” part of March. Warmer weather is predicted next week, so perhaps spring really is at hand. In the meantime, winter, however unwelcome, is still a beautiful season. (All images ©2015 Lynn Emberg Purse, All Rights Reserved)
The March wind roars like a lion in the sky,
And makes us shiver as he passes by.
When winds are soft, and the days are warm and clear,
Just like a gentle lamb, then spring is here. ~Anonymous