Springtime Blues…And Pinks…And Reds…

We're only in the first week of spring and already I'm looking forward to summer and flip-flop weather. The rain is getting me down, and I've just run out of my allergy medication, but to top it all off, I now have the gosh darn cutest new spring invaders in my yard:

Black baby rabbit nibbles grass in garden.

Last year I was at war with voles. Looks like this year the bunnies will be taking over. (Mommy, daddy, and the 3 babies were spotted just the other day.) Oh springtime, why do you mock me?

Just so you know, I've taken no steps to rid myself of them. I just can't get over how frigging cute they are. But I will admit to chasing them when I spy them munching on the more desirable plants and digging in my veggie planter boxes. We may end up sorely lacking in tulips and primroses this year, but one of these days, someone is going to capture the ridiculous chase video and I'll be an online viral sensation. We all win!

Anyhoo, other than the pest problem, spring can still be a magical time. New life and growth abounds. If you're a gardener like me and looking for new ideas to incorporate in the garden, these might be helpful:

Gardenista

The Water Gardening Idea Book

The Water Gardening Idea Book

Maybe you're inspired to get back to basics and start growing some of your own food. Take a look at these:

Groundbreaking Food Gardens

Groundbreaking Food Gardens

Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades

Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades, Updated

The Urban Farm Handbook

The Urban Farm Handbook

If containers are more your speed, we've got books for that:

Container Theme Gardens

Continuous Container Gardens

Continuous Container Gardens

And don't be embarrassed if you're a newb. We've got you covered:

Pacific Northwest Month-by-month Gardening

The Beginner's Guide to Starting A Garden

Along with the gardening DVDs and streaming videos also offered by the King County Library System, you're all set to get outside and start planting. Just watch out for those pesky rabbits.

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