Adventures in Imperfection

Let the (Spring) Madness Begin!

“The Mad Hatter: Have I gone Mad?
Alice: I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”

~Lewis Carroll from Alice In Wonderland

I’m a bit cuckoo when it comes to one of my hobbies–a hobby you’ll be hearing about frequently in the months to come. My garden is an obsession that some scientists, licensed psychiatrists and others (hubby) think reach beyond healthy.

It keeps me sane, but drives everyone else crazy!

Like many gardeners, I’m addicted the smell of soil, the sight of it under my nails and the scent of every little plant that breaks the surface to find the sunlight. I own more mismatched garden gloves than shoes and it seems perfectly normal to plan vacation time around vegetable harvests. An oversized, brimmed hat and carpenter’s apron are considered fashion statements that are uniquely qualified to accessorize remnants of compost and chicken crap fertlizer.

One of my sanctuaries in its full July glory last year:


What it looks like now:


Dear Winter,

 I am breaking up with you.

Spring and I would make a much cuter couple.



After Mother Nature dropped another 14 inches of snow during the last week’s  storm, I was ready to give her the ole’ middle finger. That said, I’m a lady, so I opted for something more constructive and flipped her the green thumb instead.

Seeds! Lot’s of them! Planted in pretty rows just waiting to spring forth and produce bushels of tomatoes, peppers, cone flowers, herbs and other such edible delights.

Yesterday’s Labor:

Tomorrow’s Fruit:

This post also serves as a public apology to my dear hubby. He endures my cabin fever with the patience of Job and has supervised helped me build much of what has gone into my multiple flower and vegetable beds.

More to come, dear friends. This entry article into Spring sets the stage for stories blooming on the flower-specked horizon, not least of which is “Eliminating Husbands and Other Garden Variety Pests” (love you honey!). It also serves as an early heads-up that you may not hear from me as often during the growing months. Someone will have to drag me inside first.

Happy Almost-Spring-Screw-Winter to you all!


18 thoughts on “Let the (Spring) Madness Begin!

  1. Instead of the middle finger, you gave Mother Nature the green thumb. I love it! If you ever need another gardening project, I will fly you here to help with our backyard. It needs serious help. And there’s no snow to shovel!


    1. Hmmmm…tempting indeed! I DO like working in other people’s yards when I get bored with mine.
      First order of business: move the hibachi, get you up out of fetal position and mow the yard with my Grasshopper!
      (You won’t even know I’m around!)
      Thanks for stopping by Ned!


  2. I am so ready for Spring. I am trying to be grateful for Winter and its lessons, but it’s soooo hard.

    Hummingbird fits you even more so with all of your lush gardens.

    Nothing like the feel of moist soil on your hands, it feels like life.


    1. “I am so ready for Spring. I am trying to be grateful for Winter and its lessons, but it’s soooo hard. ”
      A good reminder for me, dear friend. As a person who conciously practices gratitude, I’ve been decidedly doing so less these last couple of months. I have so much to be thankful for, too!
      To steal from Alice in Wonderland (again!)
      “You used to be much more…”muchier.” You’ve lost your muchness.”
      I’m bringing my muchness back! Thanks for your gentle reminders 🙂


      1. You’re welcome. 😉 Glad you liked the poem too.

        Jennie loves that “muchier” quote too, all of Alice really. Y’all have yet another thing in common!

        (sitting down to play copyeditor, I’ll shoot you an email later, xo)


  3. So you’ve already started your seeds? Woah. Maybe I need to get on this… I started gardening last spring (as a way to get over men—riiiiight) but I haven’t made my plan for this year just yet…. must get on that.


    1. Hi Aussa!

      I’m so excited to have found another “mad gardener!” I started almost 25 years ago…to get over a man, too 🙂

      As for the seeds, I’m probably 2-4 weeks early. I’ve not tried the inside starting for awhile, so I gave myself some extra time in case I need a do-over. You’ll need to share pictures and stories of your growing adventures–I learn (and steal) from others!

      Can you get any more cool?!?

      Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2014 06:45:52 +0000 To:


    1. Hi Jennie,

      Admittedly, I started my seeds probably 2-4 too weeks early. Like you, winter has whipped me up good and I needed to do something tangible to move it along. This is the first year in a long time that I’ve started seeds inside. I might need a do-over and extra time to replant 🙂

      I’m sorry that winter has gotten to you, too. I decided (during my 3 hour drive today) that I’m going to think, write and project positive Spring thoughts and vibes. Maybe the positivity will help others, too?

      Christy told me that you love Alice in Wonderland and the quote that keeps popping up in my head is the need to be so much more “muchier.” My muchier is Spring and that’s what I’m gonna bring in–even if the 14 inches of snow on the ground continues to protest.

      Thanks for stopping by and reading…I’m still thinking about your beautiful poem.

      xo, Michelle

      Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:07:53 +0000 To:


      1. I started mine way too early last year, it was a mess and not enough windows to put the plants in 😉 I need a greenhouse so bad! I always start seeds inside, but I’m lucky if I can plant at the end of May most years anymore so it seriously cuts down on my grow season.

        Christy told you true, I love Alice in Wonderland. And I always use the muchier quote. When I do something spectacular I do the “How’s that for muchier!” thing, though I add some Bukowski terms to the end of it lol

        I just heard I have to prepare myself for another “up to” (until and unless they change it again) 10″s of snow tomorrow through Friday. I’m getting real tired of snow … meh.



  4. New Delhi isn’t usually very cold, but this year I can’t wait for spring to begin! Hate the gloomy sky and lack of color. And I hate the whole now-it’s-winter-now-it’s not dance. Winter should go away already! 😐


    1. Hello dear friend!

      For some reason, winter with the dark and gloomy skies has been difficult for many people this year. I just told another person that I’m purposely going to infuse Spring themes into upcoming articles. If Spring won’t come to me, then I’m going to go to it!

      I’ve never been to or seen New Delhi. Beautiful flowers and landscapes? I need to go research!

      As always, thanks for stopping by!


      Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:32:47 +0000 To:


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