This morning, a Twitter conversation I had with Margaret from A Way to Garden got me thinking. She’d woken very early (3:50 a.m.) because work streamed through her consciousness. I wonder if that work entailed garden design ideas. I have this same problem before bud break. I’m so excited about all of the garden possibilities that (in my case) I lie awake at night. When I finally do fall asleep, sugarplums don’t dance through my head. Plants and hardscape do.
However, once things begin growing, and the actual labor starts, I have no trouble with sleep. I nearly kill myself outside trying to get everything done at once. I should take the advice from Dena, the Nashville Gardening Examiner and from Dan at Clearwater Landscapes. Use the right tools and take it slow. These days, I invest in great tools. I did learn that lesson, but I just-can’t-seem-to-slow-down.
The sun warms my back. The sky is robin’s egg blue or a lovely, dove gray. Birds are singing their spring chorus. While I happily work, time passes, and once I feel tired in the garden, it’s too late. I come inside, take a shower, and that’s when the real fatigue hits me.
Then, dinner isn’t made, and the family wonders who has taken their mother/wife and replaced her with a walking, but not talking zombie.
I have no problems sleeping then.
Sweet dreams of spring everyone. For those of you up north, better times are ahead. For those of us in the middle south, spring with all of its joys and chores has sprung. The calendar even says it’s so.