So here we are, learning perseverance through the seasons of life by waiting as patiently as we can for these last snows to fall... watering the earth, hydrating the roots, giving respite before the heat of summer... and putting the cold weather in perspective by writing down the happenings in my garden journal.
This is the third year that I have used a date book as a garden journal... which is an all-encompassing journal for me that holds my notes from my garden book reading, monthly calenders where I can record the main blooming attractions, days to write down my gardening tasks, notes from gardens we visit, plants I buy, and brainstorming for new combinations, bulbs, annuals, etc. And a place where I can record the weather each year so I know what I expect... mostly.
A glimpse of three years of March... this year definitely containing more snow than the other two. I feel a little panicky when I look out the window right now, but looking ahead to April in my past journals brings calm assurance that the snow will stop... by June for sure.
A sneak-peek at my Thompson & Morgan seed order for the season (right)...
A look ahead of what to expect in April... this record from 2010 (below).
Rosemary Verey, one of my gardening heroes, encouraged new gardeners to "take note as you go" (Rosemary Verey's Making of a Garden, 17).
Learn to build up your knowledge of plants, not only to be able to recognize them but to know what growing conditions they like or dislike, when they will flower, what their leaves will contribute before and after flowering, how they will relate to their neighbors. This knowledge comes only with familiarity, observation and experience (pg. 17).
I have enjoyed being more methodical about the art in my garden. Recording my thoughts and schemes has helped me both to fully appreciate the moment and to learn more through reflection by reading past entries.
Perhaps this is your year to start a garden journal too?
For anyone wondering: I have really enjoyed using these Brush Dance date books, after finding one in a Floridian gift shop in 2009 when my husband and I were on a get-away. They are beautiful and earthy.