Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Hello? …. “Please hold for Spring”


Bleeding hearts
The other day the phone rang, I picked it up.
Click!
Hello, pause, hello?
Buzzzzzz….click, Hello?
A snarky, nasal sounding voice intoned “hello, please hold for SPRING!”
Okay…I’m holding.
And holding.
Waiting…
There is no sign of spring here, in fact it’s colder now, than in January.
White spring flower
I think it was a prank call. 
Spring is probably sitting down on a cushion of verdant grass, under a canopy of sweetly falling cherry blossoms that sparkle with dew, surrounded by nodding snow drops.  Laughing at us, she prank calls unsuspecting gardeners on her diamond encrusted cell phone.  Spring is always up to date on technology, she just doesn’t seem to follow a calendar.
Spring will be sitting there giggling as one by one the lines are lit up, each one a gardener on hold, never daring to let go of the phone, after all, it’s SPRING, and she doesn’t call more then once a year.
Pink spring
She takes her time planning her moves, using a giant chessboard made of fresh leaves, and pastel colored petals…a touch of whimsy here, yes a soft breeze will blow there and they will think it’s me, Spring.  Here I will allow the bulbs to show a bit of green, and then it will snow for weeks…this place will have frost hit the new seedlings, and this one will flood.
And this place, ah ha…this is a good one, snow, and more snow, cold temperatures, and then, just when they give up hope, I will show up.  Her giggles, and laughter are like soft iridescent bubbles that float in the warm sun sparkled air.
For she has a wicked, teasing side to her, planning hail storms, and snow falling out of season…she’s bored, a young season, never to grow old, and it’s gone to her head.  Like the young, she thinks she has all the time in the world, and she does, I suppose…it’s up to us to wait her out.
Bootsie in the garden
So I hold on the line, while a tinny, musak rendition plays in the background…Vivaldi's four seasons, it’s winter deep tones coming through my phone speakers right now.  Will it ever end?
Hello?  Spring?
Hello.
 Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

40 comments:

  1. Jen, what an fun post! Oh my goodness, your photographs are truly stunning! Spring will be back, it really will be! Aww, look at that precious kitty peeking up at you! Great blog, so happy I found it! I'll be back.
    Nancy

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  2. Wonderful post and photos . Yup I think spring has flown the coop lol It is windy cold and -15 here this morning but .. the sun is rising and that is a good thing , for me anyways cause warm sun means melting snow . The sun has been shining more now rising earlier and setting later each day , our Robins have hung around here so they may know something we don't I hope ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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  3. We are all on hold waiting for spring. It's a bit too early for it to make an appearance here in Ontario, but winter could ease up a bit couldn't it? We had another sprinkle of snow last night and that polar vortex likes to hear its name repeated all the time so its still hanging around. :)

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  4. Creative Jen . . . the word spring conjures up an image not filled with mile high snow banks . . . I do wonder, will it ever happen! Your gorgeous photos helped tremendously!

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  5. I'll tell you where spring is, she is paying it safe in Florida, hiding out in the UK, where gardeners there are teasing us with their daffodils and snowdrops. She'll not come swooping in to rescue us from the snow and cold. No, not her. She will send Wind in first to get us really wanting her presence. May as well hang up and do a load of laundry, paint the bedroom, read a good murder mystery. Spring is taking her time.

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  6. Oh I know you all have had the longest harshest winter. We are getting some much needed rains this week and I am thrilled. I hope the snow ends for you though and thaws begin. I know a lot are worried about flooding. Hold tight. Spring has to get here eventually right? Elaine @http://www.sunnysimplelife.com/

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  7. Cute post. This has been the never ending winter and just as the weather started getting warmer and spring started showing her face.... the temperatures fell and it is snowing again!!! You did put a smile on my face with your words...spring soon....hopefully soon.

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  8. I adore your photos today. Hope you won't have to "hold" much longer for warmer temps and some spring color!

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  9. Ah, more delicious colour to be found over here! Spring is a bit of a tease, playing hard to get until we're ready to give up completely before enticing us with little glimpses of her in the form of tender sprouts and warming temperatures. I'm convinced she'll show up as scheduled on March 20th.

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  10. Spring WAS around the corner at the coast until last weekend when winter showed up with a lot of unexpected snow. It is lingering longer than usual. But the birds are singing again and the sprouts are bouncing up because, thank goodness, spring always comes back.

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  11. I agree, lots of "delicious" colors here. How I love bleeding hearts! Your post brought a smile to my morning Jen, thank you!

    It's sunny here today, what a treat.

    Hope you're having a good week! ;-)

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  12. So beautifully written Jen, I always look forward to your posts. Apparently spring has sprung around here and it's made the news as the local daffodil fields are blooming and farmers are saying it's too early! They are never happy! Spring is calling but it's a long distance call xx

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  13. I'm smiling (a little wryly) as I read your post and look out at my unseasonably snow-covered garden.

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  14. Hehehe.....you know how it gets this time of year. You're given a sample of nice weather and then have it robbed from you for another 5 weeks:)

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  15. I am smiling too. LOL - you are right on!
    I love your photos!

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  16. Love your post and images. Only mother nature will bring spring to us when she is ready to give it to us. In the meantime, enjoy this season.

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  17. Oh yes, this is exactly how Spring is thinking, Jen. The pink bleeding heart photo is beautiful. I was shocked at the amount of snow in our yard when we got home. Spring is still hiding underneath for a while.

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  18. I had your photos up to enjoy all day today. Spring is on hold here, too. We had sunshine and 40 degrees for a few days and today it was back into the deep freeze. I know better than to put my turtlenecks away before Memorial Day. I said to a friend today that we won't have "March spring" but we can look forward to "June spring." That gives us something to look forward to ~

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  19. I am beginning to despair -shall we EVER see Spring again? We broke all kinds of records here this year. Since the first of NOVEMBER we have only had EIGHTEEN days when the temperature has been above freezing. Is that crazy or what? xo Diana

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  20. Hello!
    Is it me you're looking for?
    'cause I wonder where you are
    And I wonder what you do
    Are you somewhere feeling lonely?
    Or is someone loving you?
    Tell me how to win your heart
    For I haven't got a clue
    But let me start by saying I love you (courtesy of Lionel Ritchie...well except he wasn't here)

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  21. Ah yes, I think we'll be waiting for a while here in the upper Midwest U.S. Still arctic temperatures and the prediction for the next few weeks is still cold. Lots of ice to melt. But...eventually, spring will answer that call!

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  22. Bleeding heart -so beautiful- and because you do have true Seasons you grow the most gorgeous blooming colors ever!
    Very, very nice post.
    Jemma

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  23. We are all waiting and waiting, but all the while knowing it will likely be later arriving this year. Still, it will come. It will come. The gardener's life is based on just that.

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  24. Don't let those Chives go to seed or you will have them all over...cut those blooms off when they appear next summer if it ever arrives. I think this might be an Ice Age. Boo looks good with green!:(

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  25. I think spring is being very naughty this year. She is hiding behind chairs giggling at us. This is a wonderful post Jen. xo Laura

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  26. I love the original way in which you have brought the character of spring to life. Great post Jen!

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  27. I'd like her to visit here too. It is cool, gray and raining today. Spring, where are you?
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  28. Great post!!! You create the most delicious images with words...vivid, active, surprising, funny, enticing. I'm happy you heard Spring's voice...although briefly. Here, we're well down her list of folks to call; I best not get too anxious, for we've got at least another month to go...

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  29. What stunning shots! February is usually our coldest month (but not this year)...

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  30. LOL, delightful post Jen! Hang on for a while longer, looks like Spring is going to be decidedly recalcitrant this year!

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  31. Sigh...I don't know...with the frigid cold temperatures we are experiencing right now it is hard to believe that spring will every arrive. Let us hope March is kinder to us.
    xo Catherine

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  32. Our snow has melted finally... but that doesn't mean we won't get more. Spring seems to be only in my dreams.

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  33. You and spring share a character trait ~ the personality emerging is enchantress.

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  34. Hi Jen, I think Spring is making those calls from just around the corner from here. Daffodils all bloomed at once this past week. They usually bloom over at least a two month interval, but the early bloomers were tired of waiting and the others were just confused. Anyway, they all bloomed, then our temps dropped back into the 20s. However, it is March, and that means Spring should be here, way down here in Alabama. Maybe next week, or maybe we will have winter until one day we wake up and it is summer. That has happened before!

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  35. Trouble is Jen, you HAVE to keep holding, it's a call you just can't terminate ! Just hope you don't get cut off ...

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  36. Still waiting here too and I love your spring garden pictures.

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  37. Love your picture of the heart flower. When I was little I thought it was just a flower in a storybook my sister had on Fairies as it was not something that grew in Australian gardens. It obviously grows in the northern Hemisphere :)

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  38. Pressed the publish button too soon
    Alexa from Sydney, Australia
    Blogging at http://www.Alexa-asimplelife.com

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