Falling For Spring
Fall is in the air. While some people are busy downing pumpkin spice lattes and dreaming of cozy fires, many gardeners are fantasizing about spring. Correction, they are already diligently preparing and planning for spring. For them, their gardening desires have already fully sprung and it’s time to get busy. Who are these crazy spring day preppers? They are probably your neighbors, your grandma, or even that curmudgeon of a human that cut you off in line at the grocery store. You see, reports suggest that there are over 63 million gardeners in America alone. That’s a striking number and a whole lot of people mucking around happily in the dirt. Sure, there are all kinds of gardeners. Not all of the 63 million gardeners garden in the same way. For instance, there is no denying that there are those who only dabble in house plants. Spraying and misting to their heart’s content. Or, those who would only dream of growing their own greens. Yes, there is every manner of gardener. Today, however, we are only talking about those who are daffy for daffodils and batty for bulbs. No, we totally understand that fall is a frightfully fun time of year. Fall is of course filled with apples, pumpkins, and all those insanely fun stirrings of holiday cheer. But, there are some gardeners who aren’t busy getting cozy and warm. There are some varieties of gardeners who are busy prepping, and digging, and thankful for that last awful rain storm. Yes, we are aware and apologize that this last point was just emphasized in the form of a rhyme. Fall, to a flower bulb grower, is probably one of the most magical times of year. Second of course only to Spring. Fall is when all that summer life in the garden starts to finally slow down. While most people are sad when the summer blooms fade and die, that silly spring bulb planter is likely secretly giddy and glad. Plants don’t just go to seed, most of them also quietly recede. Sure, fall is also a lot of work. Many plants in the garden are deciduous and shed their leaves. Those beautiful greens often turn to bright yellows and reds and then to brown lumps all over the ground. Cue the leaf piles, leaf pile jumping, and an infinite amount of leaf raking. Of course the spring bulb gardener respects and understands that it’s sad to some when all those boisterous plants of summer quietly start to fall asleep. They also accept that not everyone loves when the rains start to come. With those rains inevitably come muck and mud and more floor mopping. But, also with the rain the dry earth gets incredibly soft and inviting. Instead of feeling sad for another summer gone, the spring flower bulb gardener finds hope. Finally, day after day, week after week, the garden slowly starts to tell the gardener that there is room and desire for more. Gardeners in general are an incredibly optimistic bunch. They kind of have to be. A lot of what happens is out of their control. Sometimes no matter how much care and love they provide it just isn’t enough. Plants die. Despite the heartache, the death, the disease they march and mulch on. The spring bulb gardeners, however, have a unique breed of optimism and patience. They happily take bags and piles expensive ugly lumps, bury them in the ground. They next spend all winter long dreaming of a colorful spring. As a side note it is granted that the hyacinth bulb isn't really that ugly. They are likely the exception to the rule. Many would actually find them to be quite pretty with their unique shimmering skin. They almost have a pearlescent quality to them. Most other bulbs, however, are not that attractive. They would remind someone of pieces of bark or dried deer poop. Pardon the digression. The point is merely, that despite the mud, the muck, or the freezing rain a true spring bulb gardener digs on. With spirits high and an aching arm they just assume that all their hard work will be worth all the trouble and expense. So what keeps these spring bulb gardeners digging on? In short, beautiful blooms. Think Allium, Crocus, Daffodils, Hyacinth, Iris and more.
Dior Gardening Kit Costs a Stunning $8,700
Now you can garden in luxury with this $8,700 Dior gardening kit.Designed by creative director Kim Jones himself, the kit is an homage to founder Christian Dior’s love for all things horticulture. The Italian-made set consists of a foldable stool and two gardening tools. The stool’s elegant calfskin leather frame pays tribute to Dior’s iconic Saddle Bag. A spade and a rake completes the immaculate set, with the stainless wares’ handles all decked in calfskin leather engraved with DIOR logo to add to the exclusivity of it. But don’t you worry, the luxury tools are made with industry standard measurements, it’s fully functional to hone your horticultural hobby.Images: Dior - via Lifestyle Asia#gardening #Dior #gardeningtool #SaddleBag
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