By: Suzanne Reisler Litwin
Shhhhhh, I have a secret and you mustn’t tell anyone. Especially don’t tell my family and neighbours. I want them to be pleasantly surprised. I buried some treasure and everyone has to wait about 6 months to see what it is.
Shhhhhh, its top secret and well worth the wait.
Here’s a little hint. A couple of weeks ago I did a very impulsive thing. It was an unusually warm November day, so I decided to buy some spring flower bulbs. Not always easy to find in November.
I went to many specialty gardening stores and eventually I hit gold! Bulbs of every kind and colour on sale!!!!!! I bought many dozens. I rushed home and placed them on the flower beds according to a visual plan I had in my head. I rushed because the daylight hours are very short this time of year.
Once the bulbs were placed, the work started. I spent many hours bent over planting them into the ground. With every bulb I planted I giggled inside. I thought of myself as a pirate hiding treasures all over my front lawn. Ar ar, Captain Sue the Plantar.
The sun quickly set on my planting but I persevered through the dusk and into the dark. I had to finish as the following days were predicted to be cold and rainy. The ground will freeze and then I will be locked out.
After hours of planting bulbs, I was done. I was so excited because I had secret treasures planted into my garden. I have a big surprise which will take 6 months to reveal itself. Now I need to be patient and anticipate the first rains, stems and blossoms of next spring.
Impatient Sue is waiting for the holiday season to pass. I’m waiting for Valentine’s Day to pass. I’m waiting for the Easter bunny to come and go. I have a lot of waiting to do.
The surprise of my spring flowers is my pay back for enduring a cold, dark, slushy winter. This is the gold at the end of winter’s snowbow.
There is something so exciting about anticipation. The knowing that something wonderful is going to happen is such fun. The thrill of the soon to be excites me. I wait and hope and dream of what the garden will look like. I can’t wait but I don’t have a choice. Nature has to do its magic. The ground has to freeze and thaw in order for the bulb to activate. I have no choice but to wait.
Yup, I’m still waiting.
What time is it? Still fall…waiting…
I love where I live. I find beauty and enchantment in every season. Although, no two seasons combat as hard as winter and spring do. All the other seasons seem to blend into each other. Not winter and spring. Just as the land begins to warm up and thaw, winter sends another blast of snow and cold. This stubborn season sometimes continues this behavior all the way into May. Eventually, we know spring will win, but winter never let’s go easily.
So to help with the passage of winter’s time, I gave myself a spring surprise to look forward to. My buried treasures of colours and flowers in my front lawn.
There are other ways to make this spring surprise happen without an outdoor garden. The activity is called, “Forcing Spring Bulbs”. I have done this activity before. You need to work with the same materials, such as spring bulbs, earth, and planting pots. Basically, you re-create the environments of fall, winter, and spring within your home. There are many steps to do this correctly. I follow the steps outlined and illustrated on the Better Homes and Gardens website, www.bhg.com . Once at that site, look up Forcing Spring Bulbs.
Give it a try. I’m sure you will enjoy burying treasure and having something beautiful to look forward to. The key to forcing spring bulbs is that you don’t have to wait as long as I do for my spring surprise. I’m still waiting with excited anticipation. I’m waiting…
Suzanne Reisler Litwin is an instructor at Concordia University in The Centre for Continuing Education. Suzanne is a freelance contributor to The Suburban newspaper. She is the author of the children’s book, The Black Velvet Jacket. She lives in Montreal, Canada with her 3 children, Allyn, Taylor, and Duke and her husband Laurie. Suzanne contributes regularly to West Island Blog under her column Keeping it Real. Please visit her website www.suzannereislerlitwin.com to read more of her published articles, books, and poetry.