April’s New Beginnings


April is here… April first, April Fools Day, April showers bring May flowers.  April is also the month of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.  You may wonder why I would attempt this again this year, especially considering that I only got through the letter “T” last year.  Yes, that thought crossed my mind too, but then I thought, “What the heck, its worth another shot.”  Plus, even though my alphabet only had twenty letters last year, it was still fun so I decided to do it again.

So… for the next month expect to hear from me on an almost daily basis (we get Sundays “off” for good behavior).

Ready?  Here we go.

This morning I flipped the calendar to April and smiled.  We made it.  March is finally over.  I realize that March has 31 days like many other months during the year, but somehow, it manages to feel more like 85 when we’re in it.  While I’m gearing up to get outside in the garden, the clouds keep coming through and making deposits of cold, wet white stuff, stalling all of my plans.

April, however, is a different story.  April brings sunshine, and warmer weather.  April brings about new beginnings and new growth.  Trees and flowers begin budding so fast you can practically see them growing right before your eyes. Grass starts poking through the melting snow.  Seeds start growing and babies are everywhere, especially farm babies.  Baby chicks and piglets and ducklings and calves… And every last one of them are so stinkin’ cute I can hardly stand it.

April is also the beginning of a new gardening season.  I don’t know about you, but in my mind, especially in April, the entire gardening season is perfect.  Somehow I’ve forgotten about the 100 year rainfalls and drought of years gone by and only see sunshine and flourishing abundance.   And I like that about April.

New beginnings.  Fresh starts. Clean slates.

I’m ready, April.  Bring it on!


p.s. If you don’t already have it on your gardening calendar, it’s time to cut back your ornamental grasses too. 😉

13 Comments to “April’s New Beginnings”

  1. Kate, you’re off to a good start. I’m sure you’ll make well past “T” this year. Good first blog. Cudos.


  2. Yes! A clean slate! Baby farm animals! Happy things!

    I must admit, I didn’t make it all the way to Z last year either, but … I do remember visiting your site last year and walking away from it with a smile that comes with reading about good food and beautiful plants, and I have the same impression today.

    ~Alana @ writercize.blogspot.com
    Cheering you on from A through Z!


  3. I enjoyed your post. Spring is my favourite season but in Australia, we are starting to put the heater on at night!


  4. Visiting your AtoZ blog entry today – Thanks! I don’t have ornamental grass – BUT, we have it in spades where i teach – it’s always so off to see when it’s cut back. – I’m happy we all made it through March – I’d really like a warm-up. (Will i remember when Summer arrievs that I ASKED for it? – hmmm)
    Happy day to You!


  5. Here here! To new beginnings 🙂 I think April is going to be a great month, I can tell! Check out my AtoZ challenge blog as well! http://www.katkatravels.com


  6. I’m new to your blog from the A to Z Challenge – nice to meet you! 🙂 We just cleaned out my garden area- – actually a berry patch of blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries. LOVE them. Yum.


  7. Great post for the letter A. Gardening is one of my favorite things to do. I use loads of horse pucky in my garden. A toast to new beginnings.


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