Self-Care Challenge (Day 58): Spring Gardening

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On day 58 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I spent some time in my garden, which served as a reminder to me that we all need time to regenerate.

Spring is here…well, almost. Here in the Pacific Northwest the rainy season is still in full-swing, but there are a few hints of spring emerging nevertheless.

Yesterday, I conducted my first property walk-through of the year to see how my green friends weathered the winter months — and if my slimy friends have made their annual return. (Slugs are the bane of my March existence.)

I caught a few glimpses of Hellebore, Pulmonaria, Primrose, Vinca, Camelia and Mountain Laurel blooms, and I noticed that many others are beginning to bud. The trees did a great job of dropping leaves and branches, providing a natural mulch to prevent unwelcome weeds from popping up in the coming weeks.

I love spring. Daylight lingers a bit longer each day, the birds have resumed their usual chatter, and even neighbors are spending more time outside. Spending time in my garden reminds me that we all need to rest and regenerate in order to give our best.

I’m looking forward to the return of sunshine and long hikes!

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