What is Your Favourite Time of Year – could it be Spring?
The last few months of Winter seem to drag on and on, leaving us all feeling flat and lacklustre. But the thoughts of Spring, fast approaching, is enough to bring back our bounce, our sparkle, our shine. There is an uplifting feeling in the air. It is a time of rebirth and renewal, and a time to feel more energised. The world starts to feel sharper, more focused somehow. It is good to shed the bleakness of winter and look forward to a new bright season.
The first official day of Spring is not until 20th March. But I often feel that Spring starts a lot earlier than that. Spring means different things to all of us. It can refer to hope, love, youth and growth. The Spring season often brings warmer temperatures and is celebrated by people around the world with festivals and fairs. Spring is the period of time between the vernal equinox, which falls around March 21 each year, and the summer solstice, which takes place every year on June 21.
From a gardener’s point of view this is a time for new beginnings, for new growth. We see the beautifully simple, yet perfect, snowdrops appearing in the hedges. Primroses are popping up everywhere, and even daffodils in some warmer parts of the West Country. As these tender plants emerge from the dark, damp winter days, I feel uplifted. You can practically see their leaves slowly uncurling, as they tentatively show off their pretty colours. They are a joy to behold.
I feel the first stirrings of desire on what I want to grow in this coming year. Spring seems to re-ignite my love of gardening which has diminished throughout the winter. I am definitely a fair weather gardener. Now that the days are getting longer, with more daylight each and every day, I find little glimmers of ideas popping into my head. I start to look longingly at plant sales in local markets. The excitement of the growing year is about to begin all over again.
What is your Favourite place, or Favourite hobby or Favourite time of year? I would love to hear from you. If you have any suggestions, let us know. Tell me what you think by posting your comments below. Why don’t you Share this with your friends and family by clicking the Facebook icon or following us on Twitter?
About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.