In the past, I'd go into winter kicking and screaming and if that damn groundhog saw his shadow, someone was going to pay. I've made many veiled threats to move south in search of more desirable weather. I've made it known that I don't ski and don't plan to do so any time soon.
Fast forward to present day and I'm a pretty happy dude.
It may be the result of a mild winter with little snowfall. I've come to realize that the cold doesn't bother me as much as a snow covered ground does. The snow is great and all as it is falling, but I can do without it sticking around for weeks and burying everything underneath. Call me crazy, but I enjoy seeing the bare earth in anticipation of what will pop out in the near future.
But truthfully, my happiness isn't completely weather related. There are two specific reasons why I'm managing this "off-season" better than in previous years.
I finally reached a point where I could no longer handle having my photos stored all over the place (Hard drive, Picasa, Photoshop). I've slowly been tagging each photo and storing each of them under the appropriately labeled folder. In doing so, I've relived the past few spring, summer and fall seasons. An escape if you will:
The first bulbs of spring:
To the anticipation of the first fleeting peony bloom:
To the spiderwort blooms opening up in the early morning:
And to the wonderful colors of fall:
Not only did I successfully escape and travel through the seasons, but I also witnessed numerous ways I can improve my gardens. Good times.
For those of you who cut pictures out of magazines or bookmark sites that have amazing plant/garden/landscape pics, this is for you.
After easily installing the "Pin It" button on your web browser, you can organize photo "boards" that capture all of your favorite photos into appropriate categories. You can find them on your own as you browse the web or "follow" other "pinners" and simply "repin" their photos. Trust me, it is beyond addicting and the best possible way to come up with new and unique gardening ideas.
You really need to access the Pinterest site and please let me know if you would like an invite. I can send you one via email within seconds. Once you join, you can follow me by clicking the link in the sidebar to the right.
I'll gladly accept all of your thank you's after you've joined.