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April 18th, 2014

True happiness is when Dexter discovers an emerging catmint plant for the first time in the spring. He found this yesterday when we were working in the back potager and spent about a half hour rolling on it and eating it.
catmint 1
catmint 2
I can completely understand how he feels, it’s a been a long winter here in Maine and Dexter is happy to once again be able to play in the garden and roll in his favorite plant. Back in Ohio I was always most excited to see my peonies, here in Maine I’m not sure if I have a favorite plant yet, I haven’t added any perennials to my gardens. Perhaps it will be asparagus this year, it won’t be long until it starts coming up.

What’s your favorite plant to see after a long winter?

5 Comments to “Happiness”
  1. Nebraska Dave on April 18, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Susy, my favorite Spring plant is the Crocus. It’s usually the first to bloom some times even through a Spring snow blanket. Then come the Daffodils and Tulips. Peonies are next with Iris soon after. April and May are wonderful flower months but the Crocus begin the march toward the dog days of summer. We here at the Urban Ranch are now into the blooming Daffodil stage of Spring with Tulips not far behind.

    Yea!! the radishes and lettuce are finally up and growing. I’ll probably replant some onions today and transplant more into the big red drinking cups just in case another polar night comes upon us.

    I’m with Dexter. If I could get away with it without making the neighbors think I’m just crazy (no wait they already think that), I’d be rolling in the garden dirt. ;-)

    Have a great day in the Spring garden.

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  2. whit on April 18, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I feel the exact same way as Dexter when I see the daffodils and the apple blossoms. One of my favorite things to do is go for a stroll down streets lines with fruit blossoms so we can bask in the fluttering snow-like petals falling from the tree. I’d roll around in them like Dexter does catmint, but people would probably have me committed. :)

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  3. judym on April 18, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I love the awakening of Spring – so many colorful blooms popping up after a long winter. The ones I truly look forward to seeing are my hyacinths. Love to see how much they’ve multiplied. For me, they are the first fragrances of the season.

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  4. Jill on April 18, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Anything green would be nice…we had a foot of snow here yesterday (Canadian Prairies) and the wind is blowing. *SIGH*

    I am wondering if the crocuses I planted around my wishing well will come up, and if this winter will ever end!

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  5. bonnie k. on April 19, 2014 at 12:06 am

    A Spike of Green
    by Barbara Baker

    When I went out
    The sun was hot
    It shone upon
    My flower pot

    And there I saw
    A spike of green
    That no one else
    Had ever seen!

    On other days
    The things I see
    Are mostly old
    Except for me.

    But this green spike
    So new and small
    Had never yet
    Been seen at all!

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