John Zvirovski / Sun Garden Editor
I always look at spring to be the time of discovery. It doesn’t matter if you are a master gardener or a beginner as everyone can learn something during this time of year. Most people think that you need degrees in the field in order to know all the ins and outs of the gardening genre. The fact is, we can learn many of these things strictly through observation and a little research on our own.
Every year there seems to be a new opportunity that presents itself in our community. Whether it is on a small or large scale, I always take notice, as we need so much more in this city that seems to move so slowly in the right direction. The Jamestown Arts Center has done amazing things within the community and is now in the middle of creating a public Arts Park that will entertain numerous activities to enjoy.
So far this spring has been extremely rejuvenating to my senses. The smell of the air alone seems to have a fresher aroma and after a spring shower or two, the moist earth seems to wreak the scent of life. You can almost feel the plants activating their growth hormones with all the recent changes at hand and spring forth with small shoots of greenery.
The other day, I found myself running errands and became aware of all the gardening products coming out. I always find it exciting to see what is new on the shelves and what the prices are going to be for the year. Sometimes I see things that I forgot to put on my list, so I mentally take note and add it to my list when I get home.
The last weekend of February is already here and March is upon us next week. Spring feels like it’s just around the corner, especially with the warmer weather we have been experiencing lately. Don’t be surprised if we get a few heavy snows yet in the month to come, but those won’t last long at the rate we are going.
Every time I used to go on vacation in Florida, I would revel in the world of tropical plants and flowers, wishing I could bring them all home with me to plant in the yard when the weather becomes warm enough. It isn’t that I want to have a Florida landscape in North Dakota, but I sure do enjoy the exotic nature of some of the plant types. One of the most common blooming plants that I see in the South is the hibiscus.
The Valentine’s Day holiday is upon us all once again to celebrate the day of lovers. Not just lovers, but the opportunity to show those you love what they mean to you. The holiday came into existence nearly two centuries ago and through the years developed into a day where flowers, cards, chocolates and gifts were given as a symbol of love to those who were close. In today’s world, more expensive things have entered the picture also, such as diamonds, cars and precious metals. Overall, the same old staples still are the preferred choice of the day.
Everyone who knows me also knows that I am not that great with houseplants. I admit it myself quite readily as I never have the best of luck. Of course, I realize that I am not the greatest caretaker of them either, so it is apparent why many of them look the way they do. But every year I bring in plants and try to keep them alive until the spring when I can place most of them outside to get healthy again.
They say that variety is the spice of life. I would have to agree with that comment on so many levels. It is just as important in our interpersonal relationships with others as it is in the realm of our gardens and landscapes. Diversity or variety is a key element in keeping things interesting, healthy and vibrant.
There is something about entering into the month of January that lets me see the light at the end of the winter tunnel. It means that in three months, the snow will be melting and everything will be springing back to life. Actually winter has just begun, and I am trying to make myself feel better since it is a new year.