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Quote of the Day: Susan J. Bissonette

March 2nd, 2014

“An optimist is the human personification of spring.”

~ Susan J. Bissonette

My garden is still covered in a blanket of snow, but it won’t be around for much longer.
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I must say, for a while I was rather dreading the end of winter. There was still much needed rest on my mind. It seems I’ve finally rested up and I’m starting to get giddy with excitement for spring.  Perhaps it’s because I started my first seedlings this week or maybe it’s that I’m finally tiring of winter. Either way – I’m starting to get excited for spring!
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I want to see bare earth and the beginning shoots of green.  I want there to be smell in the air and softness to the wind.  Most of all, I’m ready to feel the warm sun on my back as I push seeds into the cool dark soil!

Are you still waiting for spring or has spring already come in your garden?

16 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Susan J. Bissonette”
  1. Linda on March 2, 2014 at 5:37 am

    My garden in western NY is still buried in snow, as well. However, I’m been unexpectedly experiencing spring in Berlin Germany for the last 3 weeks, although I came prepared for more winter. It’s been a wonderful R&R from the particularly bitter winter we’ve had this year, and a reminder than when I go home it won’t be long until spring comes for us, as well. I’m ready.

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  2. Mich on March 2, 2014 at 5:58 am

    The daffodils are coming up, snow drops and crocus are in bloom.. But garden is impossibly wet underfoot so goodness knows when it will be dry enough to work on….and more rain due. Agh.

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  3. daisy on March 2, 2014 at 6:53 am

    March 1st was our day to plant above-ground crops (gardening by the full moon). Our last crop of snap peas is almost ready for harvest. We planted more yesterday along with having tomatoes, eggplant, green beans, carrots, beets and lettuces growing presently. Looking forward to seeing your garden this spring!

    Love, love, love that quote!!!

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  4. Ilene on March 2, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Still waiting here, but I hear ya, I’m chomping at the bit, too! Have seeds sown inside, some up, some not, some met with “accidents” and will have to be replanted *Sigh*. And so it goes. We’re in our last (hopefully) winter storm, I usually have my potatoes planted by now but it’s been so freakishly cold, there’s nothing out there but the strawberries, asparagus and garlic, which we have already had to WATER, because it’s been so dang dry here in NE Oklahoma. Oh, and the peas I planted after they started to sprout, but they didn’t go ahead and come up, so not sure what happened there. Hope this is not a sign of things to come… 90% chance of snow/sleet today and 80% tonight. At this point, we’ll take anything, just for the water content..

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  5. Kathi cook on March 2, 2014 at 8:08 am

    We are still buried in snow with more due on Monday. Next week we turn our clocks ahead and that always makes me feel like spring is coming. The sun is already warmer and stronger now.

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  6. whit on March 2, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Western WA late winter/spring is very scizophrenic (sp), so while spring hasn’t come to the garden just yet, it has come to my hoop house. :)

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  7. Sara on March 2, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I tried really hard to enjoy the heck out of winter and did pretty well, but as of this week am really over it. And it’s still below zero this morning, boo! Thank goodness for seedlings under lights and a big pile of seed packets :)

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    • Susy on March 2, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      Same thing happening here this week, below zero almost every night – booooo!

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  8. Nebraska Dave on March 2, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Susy, I’m sooooo past seed catalogs. They are nice in the beginning and give me hope that Spring will arrive. All the seeds have been ordered and received. Seeds have become seedlings under the grow lights. The anticipation now is for the warm, humid, thaw of spring to make it to my garden. Teaser days of 50 degrees in February only fanned the anxiety for Winter to be over and outside projects to begin.

    (Big sigh) Alas, this morning the wind chill is -21 with a couple inches of fresh snow. Moisture is good but below zero temperatures not so much. The prediction is even colder for tonight. Farmer’s Almanac is not real encouraging with it’s forecast for my Midwest area to have a cold and wet Spring. Such is life for the gardener. Always a challenge.

    Have a great pre Spring day.

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  9. kristin @ going country on March 2, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Upstate New York laughs evilly at any talk of spring in March. I’m not yet ready for the garden’s labors, though, so it’s okay. It’s been such an amazingly cold winter that there will be no early planting of anything this spring, I think; the ground is going to take forever to warm up.

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    • Susy on March 2, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      I think it’s going to take a while for the garden to warm up as well. It’s going to be crazy cold here this coming week so the snow isn’t melting any time soon. This weather really makes to wish for a greenhouse for early starting of seeds. I’m really craving greens on my place!

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  10. Marcia on March 2, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    It’s a bitter -40 with windchill here today so spring is still a faraway promise. A long, bi-polar winter has made me more then ready for the calm and hopeful work of gardening. Oh Spring! Where are you?

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  11. Lexa on March 2, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Ahh, here in the Willamette Valley Spring is slowly showing her face. The snowdrops and crocus are in full bloom and the daffodils are just a few weeks away. In the garden, the garlic survived our cold and two snow storms this year just fine – as always. The Russian Red must be 5″ tall already. I need to finalize my seed purchases because ready or not, Spring is just around the corner.

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  12. Bill on March 2, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Here in southern Virginia we should be able to begin planting outside over the next few weeks. If it will stop snowing, that it.

    I’ve got some trays of seedlings up and I plan to start lettuce in cold frames this week. As soon as the ground can be worked we’ll put our cool weather seeds in. I am so ready for spring.

    It was 68 here today, but it’s supposed to snow tomorrow. March can be crazy like that.

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  13. Jennifer Fisk on March 2, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Last year I planted corn on the 2nd of April. I don’t think I’ll have that kind of luck this year unless we have a major thaw in the next few weeks.

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  14. Susan on March 2, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    I’m so lucky to live in a climate where I can plant year round with little to no risk to my garden. I currently have a full fledged Fall garden coming out with a full spring planted. And my summer seedlings were started about 3 weeks ago. I’m not a huge fan of LA? But I do love that I can grow year round it almost makes up for the madness of this city. Almost.

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