The weather these past days has been surprisingly beautiful and I thought I am ready to get my hands dirty and help things grow. When you plant, you really feel you are doing something good for the earth and then your efforts are rewarded with waves of loveliness. My very first trip to the local nursery ended up with a tray of pansies all in different colors. I am embarrassed to admit, but I have never payed enough attention to these cheerful smiley faces. My grandma's garden has always given a shelter to early smelly sweet violas and pansies in blue, yellow, pink ... you name it; however, only hyacinths and tulips spell Spring to me ... Not this year!  Was it Sarah Joi's book "The Violets of March" or my growing attentiveness to beauty that attracted me to these plants this Spring, I don't know ... But I cherish these old-fashioned flowers and the happy mood that they project. I suddenly remember how much I loved to sing to my little boy a simple verse that goes something like:
"A sweet tiny violet, you are so little, so you don't know how divine your fragrance is..."
Pansies and violas are one of the very first flowers to go in the soil when the weather is still cold; they will survive the low temperatures and ... Wow, they are edible!
So my next "project" will definitely include delicious pensées (meaning thoughts).
What are you planting, dear friends ?
What is your favorite plant to grow?
HERBS are the next on my list. 

Have a fragrant spring weekend! 

Oh, it's raining ... Just in time...
It will wash the dirt away 
When the rain is over,
And the sun begins to glow,
Little flowers start to bud,
And grow and grow and grow!

Thank you to all of you who stop by and write to me ! It makes me happy.