I am so distracted these days, and spring is to blame. There’s the smell of freshness on the breeze, the chirps and calls of birds in the morning, and the daily display of fifty shades of green. All I want to do is work in the yard: clean the beds, rake the lawn, bring out the terracotta pottery, inhale deeply — but I do have a day job that demands much of my time and a post to write.
Writing, though, is near impossible. Spring stimulates all of my senses, and each time I step outside, I am overwhelmed with words, feelings, and adjectives. Rather than write them down, they swirl inside my head as I become lost in the intoxicating world that is spring.
And so, I surrender to those who have already placed their words on paper, words that illustrate the beauty of the gardener’s most magical season.
“Can words describe the very breath of Spring?”
— Neltje Blanchan, nature writer
“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.”
— William Shakespeare, Sonnet XCVIII
“Spring drew on . . . and a greenness grew over those brown [garden] beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that Hope traversed them at night, and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.”
— Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
— Rainer Maria Rilke, author
“It is a very beautiful day. The woman looks around and thinks: ‘there cannot ever have been a spring more beautiful than this. I did not know until now that clouds could be like this. I did not know that the sky is the sea and that clouds are the souls of happy ships, sunk long ago. I did not know that wind could be tender, like hands as they caress — what did I know — until now?’”
— Unica Zurn, author & painter
“Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.”
— Virgil Kraft, author
“When spring knocks at your door, regardless of the time of year or season of our lives, run, do not walk to that door, throw it open with wild abandon, and say, ‘Yes! Yes, come in! Do me, and do me big!’”
— Jeffrey R. Anderson, The Nature of Things
“Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring.”
— Lilly Pulitzer, socialite & designer
“It was such a spring day as breathes into a man an ineffable yearning, a painful sweetness, a longing that makes him stand motionless, looking at the leaves of grass, and fling out his arms to embrace he knows not what.”
— John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga
“I hear the sounds of melting snow outside my window every night and with the first faint scent of spring, I remember life exists.”
— John Geddes, A Familiar Rain
“Always it’s Spring and everyone’s in love and flowers pick themselves.”
— e.e. cummings, poet
While you’re out in your garden, what quotes are running through your mind? Something from a book or a poem? Maybe a line from a movie or a song? Feel free to leave them in the comments section below — and always, happy gardening.