In honour of Earth Day, especially when this day in 2014 is grey and wet and there is little colour yet to be seen, I give you hope but I also give you a challenge….
How are you celebrating? Have you gone searching for the earliest spring blooming perennials in your garden?
Did you skip your clean-up last fall and are you having now to unearth blooms from under a blanket of wet leaves?
Are you seeing these beauties in other peoples’ gardens? Are you now making plans for this autumn, searching for Chionodoxa, primrose and other jewels to enjoy in your own space next spring?
This spring, I challenge you to not simply look down and appreciate the plants. I challenge you to take a garbage bag with you on your next walk and pick up plastic, pop cans, other peoples’ trash — there is nothing that makes a landscape more unhappy and feel more unloved. And if this blight is on your regular commute, you see it everyday and it chisels away part of your soul and your feelings of hope for the future. Make the world, your small piece of the world, a place that can bring joy instead of discouragement. Honour a small part of your world and clean it up. Do it in honour of Earth Day…
But do more than this: tell me about it! Take “before” and “after” photos and I’ll post them — and give you kudos for a job well done.