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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Two Letters To Spring

One day in February, my garden sent an invitation letter to Spring. It was said in the letter that everything was ready for it. Primulas, hellebores and miniature daffodils were blooming:

Tulip leaves were gorgeously green:

Daylilies, bleeding hearts and lamb ears were enthusiastically alert:

For Your Majesty Spring arrival, even a special guest from outer space was invited:

Spring got excited and started to pack her suitcase when suddenly another letter was handed to her.
“Hello dear Spring! I heard that Tatyana’s garden is cordially inviting you to come over. I decided to join the party and made some lovely preparations for your arrival.

I sprinkled a white powder to freshen the air:


I covered the garden table with a clean white cloth and spread a white carpet underneath it for you:


I decorated the plants for your pleasure:

White is once again in style this season. Do you know that?




I took care of fresh green chives and young garlic to give them additional flavor:


I dressed the house and lawn for your arrival:


The golf course behind the garden is also prepped up:


It’ll meet you all clean and quiet. I made sure no noisy people with clubs and balls would disturb you!


…Who walked on the white? Who left the tracks? OK, I’ll find the culprit later!



I took care of daffodils. They need to be more modest and don’t poke out so early!




As you can see, everything is ready for you, Your Majesty!




Even your drink is chilled!









So, what would you say, dear Spring? Would you rather wait a bit? It’s just February and you are not in a rush, are you? It would be wise to wait let's say until March! I always trusted in your wisdom. See you later, dear!"

The letter was signed:


Your loyal friend WINTER


Copyright 2011 TatyanaS


  1. I am sure Spring will be unable to resist your preparations and will have to arrive soon.

    Always Growing

  2. Tatyana, it does all look beautiful. I hope all your little visitors survive the blanket of white.


  3. What a lovely poetic letter to Spring! lol I throughly enjoyed reading it and looking at your photo's. Your flowers are very early- we have primulas only just starting to show their colours, although the forsythia is in full bloom. Snowdrops are out, but not much else.
    Dianne P (Nottingham England)

  4. Lovely post, Tatyana. Yesterday morning we woke up to 8 inches of new snow. By late afternoon it had all disappeared. This morning, snow again. Such is the coming of Spring in our gardens. Spring and Winter are just beginning this dance, but eventually Winter will give in.

  5. Hi,

    I hope your plants have survived to snow, we had similar and it finished off most of my irises! :(

    Sometimes it's good to be reminded that it is in fact still February!!

  6. Yes, spring sent me a post card a few blog posts ago. Silly spring, she canceled out at the last moment. Everything was coming along nicely for her visit and then...

    Beautiful shots, I guess we have that snow coming soon.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  7. Dear Tatyana, I love the way you told this story and your pictures are stunning, as always. It is a sweet reminder that spring will arrive eventually. P x

  8. A very cute, clever post! My garden is looking similar. I'll even welcome the rain back.

  9. Our garden sent some similar letters. Was in the 70s (F) in January...and this morning we woke up to snow! In coastal California! Crazy is beautiful though! I hope your plants weren't too shocked.

  10. This was AWESOME! I loved the creativity of the letter with this post. You are fun to read and you always have such great pictures to go with it. I really long for it is snowing and so far we've received about 3 inches. BTW, I got back into a gardening website and you can now find me at Have a wonderful day!

  11. In the end spring always has her way. :) I love the pictures of the tulip leaves and Lamb's Ears!!

  12. Winter has a way of doing that sometimes! Carla

  13. This is charming, Tatyana. I love all your spring flowers, even with their white powder coating. The nice thing about spring snow is that it melts so quickly, making spring seem all the more sweet. -Jean

  14. Snow has gone here, and its quite mild really. Those Spring flowers are so cheering.

  15. Oh man, this is just not funny on so many levels....think of it this way, tomorrow IS the last day of February.

  16. Just came across your lovely blog. Your gardens look so inviting. I'm sure spring will arrive at your doorstep soon! :)

  17. I loved this! The letters were so clever, and the shots captured it all :)

  18. WOW !! it's been a while since I popped over to your blog and I am amazed at your lovely photo's and they are so big which makes it so easy to see every detail.
    The letter from Winter is such a clever idea I love it.

  19. You have such a lovely way with words, Tatyana. Great photos and prose.

  20. I see your friend WINTER took care of all the details. Looks like that snow will melt in no time!

  21. Hello Tatyana. Thank you for your very kind message on my blog! I am happy you found it and that you appreciate my shootings. I've answered you there as well. I'll try to keep on doing this. You're very lucky to live in the Pacific northwest area. And your blog is really nice too! See you soon here or there.
    Gabriel, from Paris.

  22. Winter has had its day. Welcome Spring!!

  23. Hello Tatyana! Thank you for your comment on my page. You are right, the last year was realy bad for growing tomatoes - also in Austria! It was so rainy and cold :(

    Greetings Kathrin

  24. I have just found your lovely site ~ like you, I love gardening and travel ~ your snow photos are ever so pretty.
    "All Things French"

  25. Delightful, Tatyana! Of course, I'd welcome that wee bit of snow, as we still have at least 3 feet of it around our property. Maybe by April the garden will reveal itself again.

  26. In awe of your beautifully choreographed post, Tatyana. Welcome Spring!

  27. love seeing the golf course covered in snow :)

  28. Tatyana, you were showing me all these beautiful images of Spring, I was jealous, our plants are not so far advanced, then wham. You took me right back to Winter, very beautifully though.

  29. Great post, Tatyana! I hope spring will soon be with us also.


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