Monday, September 6, 2010

The long awaited arrival of Spring

"Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made
By singing: -"Oh, how beautiful!" and sitting in the shade." ~Rudyard Kipling, "The Glory of the Garden"

"In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful." ~Abram L. Urban

"It is utterly forbidden to be half-hearted about gardening. You have got to love your garden whether you like it or not." ~W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman, Garden Rubbish, 1936

"If you've never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden."
~Robert Brault

For a while there, it really didn't feel like Winter was ever going to end this year (and mind you, it still hasn't). It's been colder and wetter this season than it has been for many a year. It's like the old-fashioned kind of winters I remember experiencing when I first moved to Melbourne from beautiful, tropical North Queensland, seemingly, a life-time ago. Back then, we barely even had a Spring - or even a Summer for that matter.

After so many years of drought, the rain is beautiful and has certainly been welcome (with the exception of this past weekend, of course, with half of Victoria in flood). But now, after months of grey, I'm thinking it would be really, really nice to see a little sunshine and feel just a little warmth once again.

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