Horticultural therapy

Spring is here

The May plate by @artbyrosana Rosana for my book, A Therapist’s Garden, is one that most resembles my back yard. It is now a bit early for the roses, but the tulips are out in force brightening up our landscape and being cut daily for indoor flower arrangements.

From the introduction of the month of May:

May is the transition month in New England for gardens. Pent up growth bursts forth, and it is no coincidence that indigenous Americans called the full moon of this month the Flower Moon. Spring greens, radishes (Raphanus sativus), and peas (Pisum sativum) become abundant at farm stands, and tulips (Tulipa) and young roses (Rosa) bloom with color.

It is also the time when the first weeds of the season make a big push to flower and seed quickly to perpetuate themselves. Many of the migrating birds have returned from the South, and skunks have emerged from their Winter lairs ready to breed. The garden is exploding with life.

Thanks to all of you who have offered such kind words and encouragement for my book and the journey I am on.

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