In the winter, it's the lack of green. And the catalogues. You look around the gray, bare landscape, and spring seems so far away, and you think: what can it hurt? Another couple of plants. A few more bulbs. Anything to bring spring a little closer. And you'll have plenty of time to plant them, right?
In the spring, I find myself looking around, rejoicing in what's blooming, and thinking, "Cool! Look at those alliums! Fantastic! I should have put in more alliums!" If one wood poppy makes the heart sing, what would a dozen do? And I start visiting garden stores, and thumbing through the latest crop of catalogues and running amuck.
The catalogues are a clue. If the catalogues are arriving thick and fast, there's a reason. Temptation is in the air.
And something else is in the air, too. When I went out today to take a few photos, I could feel the pollen attacking my nose, throat, and sinuses the second I stepped out. It's allergy season, and also book PR season, and right now, book writing season--so do I have time to do a massive amount of gardening?
(But what harm could a few more pots of creeping thyme do? If I plant them around the patio outside the office door, they'll help keep weeding down, right?)
Anyway....since the pollen and the book deadline make this a day when I might not get a lot of gardening done, here's a look at the garden at the end of April.