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The reliable messengers of spring

It’s that time of year when we dream of new life. Tulips breaking the ground, their faces to the sun. Seeds bursting open with tender roots and delicate shoots. Tiny blades of grass finding their way through last year’s thatch.

Ah, the lawn.

That bane of man’s existence. That symbol of status or flag of defeat.

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This picture undoubtedly elicits one of two reactions in you:

  1. “Look at the pretty little purple flowers!”
  2. “Sweet Mother of God!  That’s Creeping Charlie!”

If you are in the first group, bless your little heart.  Although pervasive, they are pretty.

If you are in the second group, I’m guessing you’re stocking up on herbicides as we speak. I’ve stopped buying herbicides and fertilizers. I buy compost and grass seed.  I rarely water.  I’m gradually planting the yard with flowers and shrubs that need little care, and adding raised gardens. Fresh vegetables eaten right out of the garden?  Now there’s a symbol of status for you. Ideally, I’d like to have just enough grass to sink my toes into while I sip a glass of wine.

As for Creeping Charlie and dandelions, those reliable messengers of spring, they’ll feed the bees until everything else catches up.

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Trying to make sense of it all and . . . for the most part . . . doing it.

One thought on “The reliable messengers of spring

  1. Glad to hear you are seeing signs of spring and happy to take out lawn. I took mine out when I moved here. Too old to mow. I found something at our all purpose grocery called stepables. It’s several different varieties of ground covers that you can walk on but don’t have to mow. Some has pretty flowers and the purple flowers draw lots of bees along with my lavender. Spring is just around the corner. I do love creeping Charlie too. 😉

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