Spring is coming soon here in north-eastern New York, I’m convinced of it. As I write on March 27th, there’s a foot of snow and our walkways are solid ice but I’m a believer. I believe in the concept of “spring.”
So far this March, as winter drags on, I’ve fielded calls for my landscaping business from several schools, from teachers and interested parents who want programs and projects for their school properties and/or with their classes. Until the snow melts and the ground unfreezes, I’ll be reading what some other team member’s experiences with teaching children about nature and gardening. (I get to visit the Montessori-style nursery school of the little guy in the photo with the fruit trees.)
To keep my design chops in practice through the winter, I’ve started setting up gemstone, seashell and other artsy object, zen alters. It’s not as much fun as when the materials consist of living tissue, namely native plants, but I haven’t seen any live native plants in over four months and as I was telling a friend earlier today, by now, I feel like these “Native Plants” are my invisible friends. And I miss them a lot..
Last November was the busiest November my business ever experienced and I’m really excited to see how the late season projects develop and fill in. The concept of native plants and gardening for wildlife is new to my Mother, and I planted a habitat garden full of native plants for her. There was the wildlife garden project for my librarian friend and a huge hummingbird habitat garden system installed in a hasty scramble during Thanksgiving week that didn’t get photodocumented for lack of daylight. There’s so much to look forward to this spring, I can’t wait for it to come.
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