Pull off that winter jacket, throw the snow shovel in the back of the garage and dig your fingers deep into a pot of fresh, earthy soil.
Let it get under your nails and fill your nostrils with the scent of spring.
Inhale deeply. Smell it? That’s the scent that’s been locked up since November winds blew the dried leaves from the lawn.
Karen Ramsey of Ledgewood Gardens and Greenhouses has been doing just that since January, where she’s in her 25th year as a tender of all things green at her family’s greenhouses in Orrington.
Her task isn’t as simple as it sounds. After all, as a famous frog once told us, it’s not easy being green.
Ramsey makes midnight trips to the greenhouse to tend wood stoves, and she tries to find the spots in each greenhouse that certain plants thrive.
She draws a parallel between raising plants and raising children. “I tell the customers they need to take them when they start becoming unruly teenagers and grow together. I sell them and they head off into the big scary world!”
Thanks to people like Ramsey and all the other greenhouse owners in the area who have been burning extra fuel and clearing snow off their greenhouses, we’re all able to give some of those unruly plants and flowers a decent home.
Winter has gone on long enough. We can all agree on that, can’t we?
It seems this big, scary, ice-encrusted state of Maine is ready for some unruly greenery to be unleashed on it.