The sun sign has changed. We are in the days of Aquarius.
The southeast wind is keeping me inside even though the temperatures are in the upper twenties. Freezing drizzle is to fall this afternoon.
Seed catalogs have been arriving all month. I brought out my order book from last year. It is time for me to decide what I will plant in 2008.
I have been asking myself the hard question, "Why do I garden?" I have written a list.
Last year's early Spring followed by the heavy April freeze changed me. Mother Nature taught me to plant native. She showed how to plant for the butterflies and for the birds. She gave me a new reason to garden.
I must be honest with myself. I still want tomatoes and zucchini for my dinner table. I still want spinach and lettuces.
As I think and plan the gardens I can give up the desire for the blue ribbon, sterile flowers. I can help maintain the bio-diversity of my native plants. I can replace some lost habitat for the butterflies and birds. There is still room for the vegetables and some lawn can be planted with little bluestem, Savannah Sparrows would like that.
I may not be able to bring back the prairie or the Bison but I can plant Paw-paw for the Zebra Swallowtails and a Prickly Ash for the Giant Swallowtails. Even though the books say they are unattractive bushes.
I can be a different kind of steward. The dandelions reseed. I do not need to buy seed.