Have I mentioned how much I love this time of year in Colorado? Growing up in Texas, spring was always one of my favorite seasons. Plenty of sunshine and not too hot yet to spend time outdoors. But if you hesitated even a bit, the garden and soul scorching heat of summer would be upon you, and you would be forced back indoors until every living thing had been drained of its color and its life before you could finally stumble outside again without melting in your shoes sometime around October. To be sure, Southern Colorado gets plenty of sun and heat, but the cold mornings and light cardigan-wearing evenings are the perfect bookends to spring planting days.
After the compost bins and raised beds were finished (we tried to build as much as we could with reclaimed lumber), there remained a pile of half-rotten wood blocking the path to the back gate. Knowing it would probably sit there for the rest of the summer, I slowly started dragging choices pieces back to the studio, waiting for inspiration to hit.
Such simple things: a piece of abandoned wood, a little paint, some beads and wire for some garden inspiration. And a little encouragement for my veggies (and me too) to do what all living things must: grow, grow, grow.