I booked time off for this past week a year ago contemplating many happy garden tours. Instead, I spent a week at home in mid-winter Canada. I miss the sights, smells and feeling of being in a warm, verdant, growing place.
Many gardeners are always planning. Many are already getting ready for the coming season, ordering seeds, hosting virtual gardening events, writing articles about soil health and posting photos inspirational photos from past seasons. I enjoy these images posted by @Butterfly101.
Although the snow remains on the ground here, I decided to go full vacation in a virtual garden including some of my favourite flowers. The tour guide was artist Jesse Robertson of London, Ontario. In addition to painting techniques, Jesse speaks of her own love of gardens and growing in the virtual tutorial. While I followed many of her directives, I took her encouragement to follow some side paths on my own.
I love the sunny blue sky with only hints of clouds. I cherish the opportunity to spend time mid-winter contemplating my flower favourites including Sweet William, echinacea, violas, cosmos, poppies and daisies. Like nothing else, flowers provide colour, light and inspiration. Spring is coming soon. Next step: figuring out how to order seed starting mix online.