If you find that you absolutely have to pull weeds, do it on a warm sunny day in the herb garden, with the scent of mint, thyme and rosemary wafting around you. It helps if you have a large rabbit observing you from behind a bush. Harvey came to live in our garden this weekend, having been rescued from oblivion by soft-hearted Dr. Advice. To be perfectly honest, he stole him from a parking lot.
Harvey, along with five other assorted animals, due to someone’s delightful sense of humor, had obviously been placed in a row watching traffic. Looking closer, we saw that each of the plaster or plastic animals was broken in some manner. Poor Harvey was missing all four legs. Not a good thing for a rabbit. He seemed glad to see us, and virtually begged to leave his companions. Sometimes you just know these things. At any rate, we scooped him up, and here he is, hiding behind the Veronica by the waterfall, with his missing legs forever obscured. The hummingbirds have dive-bombed him and Charlie, the Jack Russell, is bewildered to see a giant rabbit smugly daring him to attack. (As you perhaps know, Charlie’s breed has been bred to keep the yard free of rabbits, squirrels and rats.) Harvey being twice his size, is safe and I hope his roadside companions also found good homes.
I love Springtime. It is a whole new beginning for everything. New Years let’s you turn over a new leaf, and vow to do better the coming year, but early Spring brings the flowering trees out, (the almond trees were especially sweet this year after the cold winter rains). The bulbs fairly burst out of the ground, and the bare trees shake themselves free from winter by responding with delicious new leaves. The fig tree sprouted three new leaves today! I always feel myself especially fortunate to be in my garden and digging when others are still knee deep in snow.
Incidentally, to Harvey’s left in the photo, is the outside trim of a large Arabian horse sculpture of which I did a pair for a local rancher’s entry gates.