|An Easter lily|
When I was a child, Easter meant spring break, a new dress and-- of course -- a visit from the Easter bunny.
As an adult, though, it has taken on a deeper meaning. Renewal. Rebirth. A chance to wipe the slate clean. To begin again.
The first day of spring, at least in Chicago, is just another date on the calendar. Easter, though, generally is about the time when Mother Nature starts waking up from her winter nap. Although the weather isn't cooperating much this year, the longer days are finally starting to perk things up outside. It won't be long until the gardening year begins.
The Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum) has long been a symbol of hope. And after last year's drought, I definitely need all the help I can get in that department. It will be a reminder in the coming days that I need to find a place in the garden not only for the lily but all the other plants I've been lusting after for the past few months.
Yes, this year in the garden will be better than the last one. Not perfect, but definitely better.
Here's hoping you have a great Easter!
By Karen Geisler