"Winter always turns to spring." This simple, yet encouraging phrase, attributed to the Nichiren Buddhist, Daisaku Ikeda, repeated in my head over and over this past month. I began to wonder if winter really always DID turn to spring. And is it possible for spring to turn back into winter? In New England, this seems to be the case, much to my dismay. (Climate change, ahem). Just two months ago, in February, I was outside in beautiful, sunny 60-something degree weather. Fast forward to the second week of April, and it seems all of America is really really REALLY done with winter.
I'm not about the doom and gloom, though. I aim to focus on the positive, so let's switch gears here!
Yesterday was my first real day of gardening work this season! It was my first "spring clean-up," and my God was it a clean-up! I was hired by a client who was referred to me by another client (that happens to me a lot... a good sign) to get her yard looking perfect, as she is putting her house on the market to sell in two weeks. My co-worker and I sped around her garden beds, cutting back all the perennials and pulling all the weeds. The mulch guy, Anthony, dropped off 4 yards of lovely dark pine mulch for us to lay in the gardens. Thanks, Cambridge Bark and Loam! They are my go-to for bulk deliveries of compost and mulch. As a finishing touch, I popped some sweet little pansies into containers that hung on the backyard lattice fence.
It was a full day's work and we felt very accomplished. Check out some amazing before and after photos below! Click to enlarge for the full view!