I like winter. Really, I do. Even here in the PNW when it’s not really winter but a long, drawn out season of cloud and wet and mud. But I have to say that this year I find myself experiencing something completely new. I am craving color.
I haven’t been here before. I find myself wanting to purchase fresh flowers at the grocery store to have on my dining table. I now understand the rows upon rows of candy-colored primroses that appear in stores in February. And I have given in to the urge to put some brightness by my front door.
I think the problem is that last year was the Year of the Veggie Bed in my gardening life. I didn’t put any new energy into my flowers, annuals, or borders. I wanted to expand my gardening horizons, and I enjoyed it. I am excited to pick out my seeds and commit my crop placement for the year, and start the cycle of summer edibles all over again. But, I miss flowers. I want color. So, since not as much labor need be put into new beds this year, I plan to put renewed energy into my borders. I’m looking forward to re-edging, and planting a new rose. I’m anticipating being able to get a grip on blackspot this year and certainly crossing my fingers that we have a warmer and dryer spring so that I get to enjoy some roses from bushes that are finally established in their “new” home. I envision masses of color in my plain, evergreen-based front yard–hot reds and yellows to stoke my fires. I can’t wait to assemble my hanging baskets for the deck, and I’m even planning for next fall, when I will load up borders with daffodils and other early bulbs to bring some life to my borders just a little sooner.
Maybe part of the problem with my color craving is that I’ve just completed knitting a beautiful, luxurious, soft, alpaca-blend scarf…..that is brown and grey. The yarn is luscious, absolutely, but my foray into “scarfland” through the month of February has left me feeling a bit color-starved. I think that to get myself through the remainder of March, my next knitting projects need to bring the garden in….in full, living color.