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Springtime, A Renewal of Spirits and Sprouts!

Updated on March 14, 2012

Spring has Sprung!

Just this week, spring fever infiltrated my psyche and I headed to Lowes to buy some potting soil and various lettuces, leeks and kale. It is time to plant again! Oh how I love the feel of dirt on my hands as I arrange tiny plants in their pots and in my garden. Unlike in the winter, a slight warmth now takes the edge off of the frigid morning air. The sun feels a bit more intense and rain showers are frequent. Life is sprouting all around my home. Daffodils are blooming and my lilac tree is budding nicely. Although the first official day of spring is just around the corner, my neighbors cherry tree is already in full bloom!

In the south, we didn’t have a harsh winter, which is not good news, for the summertime mosquitoes will be out in full force. I’m pretty sure the summer will go something like this; slap, ouch, pow, zap, holy flyswatter Batman, where did all these bugs come from?

As a younger person, springtime simply meant that summer was just around the corner. Tanning, water sports, cookouts, parties and more daylight hours to play, were all so appealing. Now, I find the intense summer heat unbearable at times and by August, I Iong for cooler weather. What happened!? Oh yes, now I remember-hot flashes-bring me the ice bucket and turn on the air conditioner please!!

Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy some of these things, but the beauty of spring and the rebirth of Mother Nature are so fascinating and refreshing to me now. Maybe I take more time to enjoy life’s simple pleasures, or maybe it took all this time for me to wake up and open my eyes to what each season offers. Either way, each day I see another bud on a bush or tree, another kind of flower coming into bloom and more creatures coming out of hiding. Mr. Honeybee was buzzing around in my back yard today, either looking for Mrs. Honeybee or some nectar. Yes, in each case, Mr. Honeybee was looking for something sweet!

For many of us, springtime brings us back into nature and renews our energy, as it reminds us of the everyday miracles of rebirth. Recently I saw the most wonderful video about pollination and want to share it with you. Please, take the time to spend four of the best minutes of your day. You will remember what an awesome and perfectly orchestrated planet we all share.

The Beauty of Pollination


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      picklesandrufus 6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thanks for your comment Vinaya. Now I have to google fiddle heads! No idea.:)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      Spring is the season of renewal. And this spring, I'm renewing my life collecting fiddle heads.

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      picklesandrufus 6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thank you so much for stopping by and commenting, girltaksshop. If you ever get a garden, you will always find a way to have one, I do believe.

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      picklesandrufus 6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thanks so much for commenting Mary615. I feel the same way. Just planted my vegetable garden this morning.

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      You and I have a lot in common, girl! I love to play in the dirt. I feel close to God when I feel the earth on my fingers. Great Hub.

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      girltalksshop 6 years ago

      Cool hub! I love gardens, although I do not have one of my own...yet. But loved your hub and the video. Thank you for sharing it. : )

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      picklesandrufus 6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thank so much Brian. my lettuce is growing nicely...hope your garden is coming along well too!

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      Brian Slater 6 years ago from England

      Like you I have spent the last week in the garden. It is a lovely time of year. You certainly feel refreshed and it's nice to see your garden looking at it's best. One of the reasons I like spring so much is there is very little fly's or insects about, you get the odd bumblebee or dormant wasp and that's about all. This really is the 'perfect'time. Voted up :)

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I know what you mean - I love the feel of dirt on my hands!!

      Spring is my favourite time of the year, everything is bursting into life here, it's quite breathtaking.

      A lovely hub thank you, voting up and sharing.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      picklesandrufus 6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      why thank you pagesvoice! So glad to have you stop by. I feel the same as you about being in the dirt!

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      Dennis L. Page 6 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Voted up and beautiful. Even here in New York State those pesky mosquitoes are out already and on a feeding frenzy. I also share your love of gardening and am getting ready to plant my artisan lettuce and onions. Everyone who knows me are aware that I always say I'm the closest to God when my hands are in the dirt. Happy Spring!

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      picklesandrufus 6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Hi Katrine, thanks so much for stopping by. Like you , I think spring feels a little magical!

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      KatrineDalMonte 6 years ago

      Hi, it's a lovely article. Here in London we have seen 1st flowers and trees blossoming for a couple of weeks now. Yes, you are absolutely right, there is something magical about spring. Waking up to a warmer sun and a smell of grass is so comforting after all those months of winter. It truly is a re-birth of our mother nature. I always so look forward to doing my spring-cleaning :-)

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      picklesandrufus 6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Hi billybuc.....ok, you can live vicariously through me until you can plant yourself!ha ha. With a state as beautiful as Washington, it must be worth the wait. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Pickles, were it only that simple here in Washington State. How I would love to be able to buy plants and put them in the ground right now. Unfortunately snow showers are being mentioned in a day or two. But I can dream and your hub helps me to do so. Nice job on teasing my mind and heart! :)

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      picklesandrufus 6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Thanks for stopping by Julia! I think playing in the dirt is therapeutic too! Glad you liked the video.

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      Julia Paxton 6 years ago

      Spring is definitely my favorite time of year. It's so great to see all of the new blooms and not freezing every time that I walk outside.

      I love heading to Lowes the first sign of spring for new flower beds to plant. I know when the hot summer gets here the delicate flowers will just wither away but thats ok., its something therapeutic about playing in the dirt!

      Loved the video! Thanks for posting it. Nature is amazing.

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      picklesandrufus 6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Thank you R Talloni! So appreciate your words and agree with them. So glad you enjoyed the video. It really is amazing.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Oh how many everyday miracles we ignore! Neat hub and the video is amazing.

      Knowing of some deep waters we have been through, a young friend emailed last night. One of his comments was, "This time of the year always reminds me of the incredible faithfulness of God to restore that which has been lost for just a season. His mercies are new every morning, and every season!"

      As well, I heard a blip yesterday about an animal encyclopedia. The speaker mentioned the incredible variety of the animal kingdom, naming several he had never heard of from the book. His comments ended with some thoughts about how he feels that one reason God gave such incredible variety to the animal and plant world is so we would see it and realize how amazing He is.

      Spring is an encouraging time of year, calling us to draw near to our Creator. I'm so looking forward to getting back into my gardens. Happy gardening to you and thanks for four great minutes in this day.


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