Monday, April 19, 2021

Spring Fever

 


I know things are awfully quiet around these parts. April tends to be a busy time in school. We are gearing up for state standardized testing, in the midst of large learning projects, and I am also taking some ESOL courses so I can better help English language learners. My free time is a sliver in the day and is spent sitting on my front door steps flower gazing, mincing about the yard plucking and pinching and pulling, or in bed reading a book. 


The monarchs in my yard are happy. I have watched at least seven or so morph from teeny cats to pupae to butterflies. A few didn't make it but the odds were generally in their favor. I have noticed that the fluttering things are waking up. 


Butterflies, dragonflies, cicadas and beetles. They are all waking up. Eating. Mating. Living.


My fingers crave the soil right now. I keep planting and digging, tending and scattering seed. I placed two fat orders at Baker's Creek and Renee's for more flowers and herbs and veggies. Right now I have potatoes, squash, black eyed peas, carrots, tomatoes and cucumbers sprouting. 


My wildflowers have taken off. I created a new wildflower patch by the back porch where the grass is patchy. I am hoping that they will thrive there. 


My other latest obsession is journaling. I have managed to collect a few handmade leather-bound journals and have enjoyed filling them up with watercolors, thoughts and recipes. I also write my card pulls and magical meandering in there as well.


Spring fever is bubbling up in my blood and I am excited about it. April is one of my favorite months in Florida. It is breezy, buzzing with life, and dappled with sun. 

Are you planting anything? Do you journal? What flowers do you enjoy seeing out and about? I have a thing for zinnias, cosmos and phlox lately.

3 comments:

  1. I hope the rest of the school year goes well for you. :)
    My husband has seedlings going in the living room, under grow lights. I think we're safe to plant in the ground like the second week of May or so??
    I definitely love seeing big blooming bushes of giant ball like flowers such as hydrangeas. Anything kinda exotic, different, unique looking for flowers always mesmerizes me.. any tiny little fairie-esque type of flowers move me. Lilacs, bleeding hearts, lily of the valley.
    I do not journal. I hate writing, I hate my handwriting. Lol I really should learn some calligraphy or something.. lol
    Happy almost weekend!! Hope you enjoy. <3

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    1. Thank you! I think it will. There are only three weeks left. It will zoom by. Especially since most of the time is taken up with testing. Poor kiddos.

      Fun! Do you guys plant directly in the ground or use raised beds?

      I LOVE hydrangeas too. I have tried a few but I end up killing them. So I have resorted to our Florida native, Oakleaf Hydrangea. I bought two and so far they have not died, which is already a win. I am a sucker for the teeny tiny fairy like flowers too. The first photo up top is of my current tiny fave: Dahlberg Daisy. They are teeny with feathery leaves, so delicate but springy and perky.

      Ah! Yeah. My handwriting isn't the best regularly but sometimes I can fancy it up if I take my time. But no one can read it.

      Thank you! I hope you have had a nice weekend and start to May. Planting SOOOOOON!!!

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    2. We do mostly raised beds for everything. We're starting to get buds on trees/bushes, flowers popping open, some herbs growing, the yard is full of dandelions and Creeping Charlie ground ivy. It's lovely seeing new growth finally. Winter seems to last for forever. :/
      Hope you've been enjoying and doing well. Gotta go comment on your Ebb & Flow post. ;)

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