A few days of beautiful, spring sunshine, combined with some evening rain showers, mean most of our snow is gone. There are still a few patches of snow here and there, but nothing a few warmer days won't melt away. Over the weekend I spent time in the garden, planting seeds in the cold frame, amending soil in the tunnels, and raking leaves away from some of the garden beds.
Every spring I am amazed at the little bits of green I spy peeking out from under last fall's leaves. All of the green in the photos above are perennial herbs....motherwort, comfrey, peppermint, nettles, lemon balm and catnip. To see these plants, the ones I use to heal my family, makes me smile, a deep, satisfying smile. I cherish these plants, I tend and nurture them with care and love, and as I harvest them, I offer gratitude with each snip of the scissors for the power each of them provides.
Gardening, for me, is more than just providing food for my family. Yes, that is a big part of it, but for me it is also about the journey, not just from seed to plate, but from seed to medicine, medicine that keeps us healthy and heals us. These plants, and the ones that will continue to push through the earth in the next month, are powerful in so many ways. I welcome them back as they awake, ready for another season of growth, and healing.