I saw this tiny viola while I was out, and it occurred to me that we could learn a thing or two from it and its larger cousin, the pansy. Only two days ago, it appeared crushed by the biting wind, precipitation and cold. In fact, I was dismayed when I saw all of my pansies and violas lying prone, their leaves upon the ground as if in surrender. What I didn’t realize until today was that they were simply holding themselves together and saving their energy for the first warm day.
This is that day. It’s the first we’ve had in awhile, and I went outside to see what might be surviving our crazy up and down weather. Surprised that so much was available, I nearly threw myself upon the ground in gratitude. However, it was damp and squishy underfoot so I didn’t.
I am in awe of my little viola and other plants whose roots are still pushing through the soil and growing in spite of winter. This Woodland Phlox, a/k/a Wild Sweet William is green and has used the winter to grow and multiply. In early spring, I’ll be graced with violet and blue blooms, and the cycle will renew itself once again.
So has this ‘Dr. Dirt’ Dianthus I bought from Bustani Plant Farm last spring. It grew tenfold, and not all of that was during the summer. It appears to be evergreen in the present climate, and won’t it look great when it blooms mid-spring?
Which begs the question: Is spring an abundant bursting forth which suddenly occurs, or is it a series of small steps, and we only notice it when it is most evident?
Since writing this blog, I believe it is the latter.
That’s not to say that we won’t have a lot more cold weather. We will, but I see the beginnings of a thaw. Just ask my iris and daylilies who are peeking out of the soil. Spring will come again.
However, I wish these roses would quit spouting leaves. It’s early days yet.
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