A Year in the Yard: Springing into April

Ahhh…finally, spring weather and color! We’re still dealing with some chilly temps and windy days, but all the signs are there to let us know the growing season is upon us.

Lawns are greening, redbuds are donning their magenta blossoms, forsythias are starting to burst with yellow at the tips, and dogwoods and magnolias have finally loosened their grip on their buds.

In my yard and neighborhood, medicinal and edible plants are stretching toward the sky, heralding the time of light and movement. The spring greens are here…purple deadnettle and dandelions are waiting to be added to salads and nettles are begging to be made into tea or added to soup (great for spring allergies). I can almost feel the violets ready to pop out any day now and dot my lawn in her graceful purple carpet. Red maples are blazing at the tips and regional witch hazels pulled us out of our late-winter slump with dangly, delicate blossoms. I learned yesterday from a Potawatomi woman that in her tradition, plants may start being harvested for medicine after the first thunderstorm of the year. We had our first storm almost two weeks ago, so the medicine way is open! 🙂

Wildlife is busy indulging in spring habits too. Male birds are showing off in territorial displays and tree swallows are competing for nest boxes. Groundhog mamas are filling their bellies with greens and gathering grasses to line their burrows in preparation for spring babies, while wood frogs, spring peepers, and American toads have been visiting local marshes and ponds to mate and leave their precious eggs to continue the cycle of rebirth.

That’s it for today! It’s time to get back outside and celebrate the sun and new life.

May your coming week be filled with brilliant color, bright sunshine, and joy to warm your heart!

Greenly blessings,

Sue

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About earthgrl

Herbalist, Naturalist, and Reiki Master posts her observations, musings, and hard-earned wisdom about the natural world and how it speaks to our spirit and heals us, inside and out.
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