Not only is today the Spring Equinox it is also the International Day of Happiness. Doubly good. Spring is my favourite season, striving for happiness my favourite occupation. Of course IDH is really about creating happiness, not indulging in it. This ‘spreading of the happy’ has fringe benefits. As gardeners we do our best to nurture both the utilitarian and the beautiful. By doing this we make others happy as well as ourselves. It warms the soul. Appreciation, being able to inspire and educate, enlightening others to the joys of the garden, all make the hard work worthwhile. Springtime is when it all starts to become visible, when the shoots show, the seeds germinate, the plans become a little clearer. It is a time of optimism and, yes, happiness.
Now it just has to stop raining.
This is a picture of probably the best magnolia in the world, ‘Marwood Spring’. Taken by categorically not the best photographer in the world. It is far more beautiful in real life.