The Garden is Springing Up!

Beautiful, bright daffodils

Beautiful, bright daffodils

Although my business is all about “fall,” I really do enjoy all seasons. Snow sugar-coats the mountains in winter and the daffodils pop up in the spring.

I celebrated the approach to spring this weekend by “playing in the dirt.” The garden is my solace. I love to pluck the stubborn weeds from the soil and smooth it out to prepare for all the seeds and plants I have planned for the area. Dig, dig, pull, pull. Every muscle in my body hurts, but it’s a good hurt. I don’t mind.



I have both flower and vegetable gardens. There’s really no rhyme or reason to the things I plant or where they go. I prefer perennials for flowers since I only have to plant once. Knock-out roses, bee balm, lilies of several varieties, tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, lavender, and marigolds have done well for me over the years. The one concession I hold to annuals are morning glories.

Knock-out Roses

Knock-out Roses

I get an intense satisfaction from planting vegetable plants and seeds and eating what I grow. It thrills me to no end. Often, I will try to grow something just to see if it will grow! Successes: tomatoes, sugar snap peas, corn, carrots, beets, birdhouse gourds, pumpkins, banana peppers.  Still working on these: squash, cucumbers.

The weather is so changeable right now. Cold one day, warm the next. I am looking forward to all the warm days (not the hot ones) to come so I can bask in the beautiful sunshine and coax my garden to grow.

Pumpkin growing

Pumpkin growing

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About Cindy A. Johnson

I live in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. I love to read, work in my flower and vegetable gardens, feed and watch the birds in the yard, sit on the front porch looking at the mountains and go camping. I also like to watch wildlife, including my cats and dog (ha!). I write online articles on a variety of subjects. Check out my book reviews at:, wonderful nature stuff at and assorted articles on interesting stuff at My first ebook was published in January 2012: "Alphamania: An Alphabet Resource for Teachers and Parents." Check out the blog at
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