The Rituals of Spring

It’s probably safe to say that spring is officially here. Everyone has their own personal benchmarks for this, and mine usually revolve around some of the spring rituals I perform every year.

The first ritual is the stowing of the snow shovels. This is always done with a certain amount of trepidation because I’m not superstitious, but rather very aware of nature’s fickle ways. It would be a bummer to put the shovels away only to have to unearth them a week or two later. Sending the shovels to the farthest reaches of my property is like putting a period at the end of a sentence; I do not want to have to revise.

Several years ago I discovered drip irrigation which works really well, but requires some attention in the spring. There are always some emitters that don’t make it through the winter, the mainline tubing sometimes heaves up out of the ground and critters have been known to chew holes in some of the tubing, but once the leaks are spotted and repaired it’s a beautiful thing. I learned early in the game to do a leak check before the plants get too tall or it’s like wrestling an anaconda in the jungle.

The final ceremony (and my personal favorite) is putting the screens in the windows. Of course this means washing every window in the place, but it’s a small price to pay for fresh air and the sound of the birds in the morning. I have to tolerate a little more street noise with the storms off, but when the lilacs and roses start to bloom and their scent wafts into the house, it’s all worth it.

Let the summer begin.



  1. Charley said,

    April 26, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Too bad the rose outside your bedroom window didn’t make it.

    As for the Hebrew Hammer’s previous comment, I must apologize, I didn’t realize you were that sensitive.

    Btw, the curtain look great and I have enough fabric for the roman shade.

  2. The Hebrew Hammer said,

    April 29, 2008 at 10:55 pm


    Apology Accepted, its all in good fun.

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