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March 25, 2010 - Janet DelTurco

 I am sitting at my computer, looking out of the window, on a cloudy, coldish and miserable day. The crocuses are in flower under the cherry tree and the daffodils have fat buds, while the hyacinths and tulips are getting on with their business. A dreary kind of rain is falling, and then, as I watch, the rain seems to slow down and swirl around a bit, and all of a sudden it isn't just rain any more, but rather what the weather forecasters so poetically call Winter Mix"! What a horrible surprise. Everything seems to be moving toward the fulfillment of the season that has been on the calendar for six days now, and all of a sudden we get this miserable reminder that there is still a way to go. I have to turn my back to the window, and look around inside, and it is spring again. I have so many seedlings all over that I am actually living in a greenhouse rather than a people house. Last week my favorite source for fairy garden plants opened for the season, so friend Alice and I made to trip to Huron and gained the distinction of being the first customers of the year! Of course I did not come home empty-handed, so the kitchen windowsill is lined with thyme, sage, a miniature privet and a tiny cypress as well as the rosemary plants that I have successfully wintered over this year. On the kitchen counter under the fluorescent lights are the slowest sweet peas and morning glories that still fit the space, while shelves in front of my bedroom window are filled with taller specimens of both growing uo 2 foot bamboo sticks. They share the space with the wintered-over geraniums. Down in the basement under the lights are petunias, climbing black-eyed Susans, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, hemerocallis and other things I can't remember without a trip down the stairs. I knew it was too early when I planted most of the seeds, but I just couldn't wait. There are six weeks yet until the average frost-free date, and if I wait that long to push some of these plants outside, I will be living in the "Little Shop of Horrors'! So never mind that wintry mix outside. I am ready for summer.


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