Last week the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market was bursting with the first of the season blossoming branches. It's sunny today with a high of 57 degrees. I am so grateful that I get to spend the entire day today tending to my quickly transforming garden. Life is good.
Spring has always been my favorite season (fall is a close second). Squeaky clean little leaves unfurling in colors of bright green tinged with yellow and orange. A miraculous birth and such a beautiful death to follow as the days and months march on.
The Pacific Northwest has the best spring in the country. Period. It slowly unfurls like new leaves on a tree, lasting a few months, offering new gems every week. Soft, slow, and steady. Just the way trees and flowers seem to like it. Gardens are amazingly lush, abundant, and diverse here. When I lived in California I remember spring would (figuratively) happen in a weekend. Everything seemed to bloom at once. Beautiful, but too quick. There was a heat wave in Southern California last week. A heat wave. In February. That means the flora march toward death has already begun, actually been kicked into high gear. Spring back East could begin soon or a few months from now. You just don't know. If winter lingers like it has in the past few years, spring blooms will appear in May. Again, so beautiful but so quick. At least they have the rain through the summer months to keep the landscape verdant and flourishing.
So the weekly flower list I receive from the Growers Market is becoming a bit longer every week. The tag "coming soon" next to some of my favorite blooms only sweetens the anticipation. Now is the best time to join a flower subscription and watch, through flowers and foliage, spring come to life on your kitchen counter, bedside table, or fireplace mantel. Botanicals inspire and should be part of everyone's daily life.