Why Garden? 5 Reasons to Get Dirty This Spring

A Tiger Swallowtail on Echinacea

“Gardening is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow.” – Anonymous

A Tiger Swallowtail on Echinacea
A Tiger Swallowtail on Echinacea

Here in Prague, the earth is bursting with blooms — brilliant yellow fields patch the countryside, centuries’ old lilacs line boulevards, and petticoat-rimmed peonies wave in the spring breeze. It’s beautiful. Can you tell I’m a gardener at heart?

We are lucky to have a yard surrounding our rental house while we live as expats in Prague. And though I’ve planted a few flowers in our postage-stamp yard, I miss our sprawling yard in the United States. For there, though the half-acre started as spotty grass when we moved in, over ten years, the square of land became more flower garden than grass. It was my living painter’s canvas.

A Painterly Garden
My Favorite Flower Border

Isn’t it fun at this time of year to go to a garden center, gaze at all the colorful blooms, and dream about the gardens that could come home with you?

There are so many benefits to gardening … Here are five of my favorite reasons to get into the garden this spring:

1) You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt.  -Author Unknown

Mysteriously, digging in the dirt is the best therapy.

2) The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.  -Hanna Rion

It’s true– the caress of a gentle breeze, the sound of a goldfinch flying banners overhead, the taste of the air after a summer rain, the sight of countless shades of violet within one unfurling flower, the fragrance of a knock-out garden phlox swaying in July. There is so much life to wake up to in a garden.

3) “In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful.” -Abram L. Urban

Just lovely. So well-said, on the connection between the gardener, her gardens, and her soul.

The Gardens in June
The Gardens in June

4) When one of my plants dies, I die a little inside, too.”  -Linda Solegato

Of course, all gardeners have plants that thrive and plants that die. Somehow through being closely connected to the natural life cycle, we realize the value of our moments and days.

5) “Gardens are a form of autobiography.”  -Sydney Eddison

When we create, we come to know ourselves.

The Gardens in August
The Gardens in August

This year, I’ve been thrilled to see my 5 rosebushes come fully into bud, as well as the delphinium I planted (and loved!) last year. And what have I planted? My hands got dirty planting twelve windowboxes for our Austrian-style house, filled with fuschia, verbena, petunias, and pelargonium. Pictures to come later this season …

Have you dug in the dirt yet this spring? If so, what have you planted? What plant are you most looking forward to seeing in bloom?

Published by Jennifer Lyn Art

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9 thoughts on “Why Garden? 5 Reasons to Get Dirty This Spring

  1. Ah, Jennifer, another of the many places where our hearts beat together. The surprise of perennials waking up in spring. The magic of unfurling buds. The hard lessons about pruning and weeding that teach us so much about life. The pervasive quiet. The heady scent of sun warmed blossoms on a summer night. “Accidental” bouquets as one plant cozies up to, then tangles up in another…. So much to love.

    And your photographs, as always, are stunning. Thank you for this.

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    1. Wow, Shelia,

      Thank you. So beautifully said. Yes, it’s true– your first line. Our hearts do beat together on this, too.

      Thank you for leaving your poetic thoughts here, Shelia. Such a privilege to know you.

      -Jennifer

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  2. Hi Jennifer,

    I’m not a gardener by any stretch, but I did transplant three pine trees yesterday from the gully along the road in front of our house to an open patch of field. Just three though — I’ve never transplanted before, so I’ll see how it turns out.

    Again, not a gardener, but I did get a glimpse of the thrill you talk about here…

    ~Graham

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    1. Hi Graham,

      Thank you for sharing about your pine tree transplant. I hope they thrive! Because once you get a taste of the gardening bug, it’s highly possible to be hooked!

      -JK

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  3. Your pictures and reflections are just lovely!

    My husband is the resident gardener. He does beautiful things with our property, then brings me fresh cut bouquets all summer. xo

    My boys also enjoy bringing Mommy bouquets of dandelions and buttercups. Very sweet. 🙂

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    1. Hi Erika!

      It sounds like you have a perfect world– a husband and sons who bring you fresh-cut flowers! And the dandelion bouquets are always the sweetest. Enjoy them!

      Thank you!

      Jennifer

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  4. My grandfather came from somewhere in that part of Europe where you are now. It was through his son, my father that I came to learn to love gardening, and to love the feel of the dirt underneath my fingernails. While growing up, I helped my dad grow our large vegetable gardens. That’s the food we survived on. Now many years later, I no longer have grounds able to grow vegetable gardens so I have turned to flower gardening. At the house we last lived in, I had as many as 28 pots. This house, I inherited a neglected rosebed, that I’m tending. I added some hardy succulents. I also do container gardening here too. Though this house is more of a challenge because it receives a lot less sun.

    However, your post is exactly right. Gardening is good for the soul. I really love working in the dirt. So far this spring has been really wet that I haven’t been able to touch the flower bed yet. I did enjoy the crocuses and the tulips I planted when we first moved in. Too wet and too cold to really tend to them yet.

    Thank you so much for those wonderful pictures!! They are a delight! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Noviceartist,

      It’s always so meaningful when gardening is passed on. Thank you for sharing your story of your family.

      And it’s true: gardening is good for the soul. Enjoy your new yard. I hope it fills your summer with beautiful surprises.

      -Jennifer

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