Gardening Early!

May 11, I worked up the soil under my front window, added some compost, tucked tiny annual flowers into the chilly soil. Night came. I tarped my precious garden in case of frost. Too early. I know the gardener’s rule for my part of Ontario: no planting annuals before May 24th, or better yet, June 1. Why am I so foolish?

We’ve had a year and a half of Covid restrictions. A year and a half of doing our best to care for ourselves and others. We’ve watched the statistics fall to new depths. We knew the lock down would be extended. I’m blessed. I’ve received my vaccination.

It’s spring. I want new life. I’ve had enough. I’m desperate to break out. I’m used to wearing a mask. I’ve learned to endure social distancing. Enjoy either? Please don’t ask. I want to hug our Vancouver grandchildren,  our friends in Montreal. I hate shopping on line. I’m on the edge. My foolish little garden has given me the ability to break the rules without hurting other human. My tiny plants may be shivering in the cold soil. Covering them at night may not be enough. Still, that’s better than my risking the lives of family, friends, strangers.

Two more weeks is not that much longer. My tiny garden is my rebellion. Today, I pray,

Lord give us all strength to continue live with the Covid restrictions.

Open our eyes, minds, ears and hearts to the beauty of spring.

May the new life springing forth around us give us courage and determination to


Give our leaders wisdom in their decisions.

“By their fruits shall ye know them.” (Mt.7: 15)


Recent Comments

  • Bev
    May 16, 2021 - 3:59 pm · Reply

    You go Girl!!
    A safe rebellion! LOL!
    Somehow I think those little flowers will do just fine!!
    Thanks for the inspiration
    Blessing to you,
    ~Bev xo

  • Wendy L.
    May 16, 2021 - 4:28 pm · Reply

    I understand feel the same about gardening early. I called the garden centres to make sure they will be selling plants this spring. To my surprise, some lovely spinach had reseeded from last fall – what a joy to enjoy! Just thinking about the beautiful pic you have of the swan with her goslings riding serenely on their mama’s soft downy back amidst loving wings – on peaceful waters and watching nature’s wonders pass by…it just doesn’t get more heavenly!

  • Janet Stobie
    May 16, 2021 - 5:49 pm · Reply

    Thanks for your comments. Gardening is fun and causes the older joints to creak a little. Sure feels good when I see the results. I love receiving comments. Thanks again. Janet

  • Judith Manary
    May 16, 2021 - 6:42 pm · Reply

    Thanks Janet. I too am really reaching my breaking point and gardening has been a blessing. Del & I ordered seeds in Feb. which arrived in April and we have been diligently caring for them (about 50% never sprouted) but yesterday two of the plants had flowers and the tubers and geraniums I saved from other years are doing VERY well. Now with the return of warm weather I head out to the garden to prepare a place for my little treasures but alas the black flies force me back inside. So for now I look out and enjoy all the spring flowers and trilliums which are blooming in their season. Judith

    • Janet Stobie
      May 22, 2021 - 12:56 am · Reply

      Hi Judith, Thanks for your comment. I keep telling myself, “Count your blessings. This too shall pass, just like the black flies.” It’s always good to know that others are walking the journey with me. Blessings Janet

  • Mary
    May 16, 2021 - 6:43 pm · Reply

    Thanks for your views on gardening.I feel the same way. I planted a few things for the first time last year and it was a joy, perhaps the best joy during the year of COVID! It certainly was exercise, fun and a soothing distraction!

    • Janet Stobie
      May 22, 2021 - 12:59 am · Reply

      Thanks for sharing Mary. Gardening is a blessing and brings us good food and flowers and most of all joy. Hope all is still well with you. Blessings Janet

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