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I know I'm not alone, but the Covid era has done something to me mentally. It doesn't help that we are in our rain and gloom season, which has kicked my SAD into overdrive. I've just felt lethargic, hopeless and sad for months and like I will never climb out of the hole.

Yesterday for the first time in ages, the sun was out, so I went out to finish up some plantings for the backyard habitat program I'm enrolled in. I walked around to check on some of the other things I planted in the fall and realized they're starting to bud out and bloom. The crab apple I made a special trip for had tiny leaves on it. The native rose that I thought had died had fresh leaves and growth. The native strawberry had blooms. The fir I planted is a couple inches taller. Seeing all of that did something to me, and it made me feel a certain kind of pride that I haven't felt in ages. And it felt good to feel good. Weird, but good. It just feels like things will maybe be ok.

After my walk around, I went to work planting my new plants, including 3 native trees. I don't know if anyone else feels this way, but there is something about planting trees that is so comforting. Just knowing they will be there long after I'm gone, providing food and shelter for all the little birds I love watching every day, it just hits me in the feels probably more than it should. I love them already and can't wait to watch them grow.

Is anyone else feeling a spring gardening boost?

I know I'm not alone, but the Covid era has done something to me mentally. It doesn't help that we are in our rain and gloom season, which has kicked my SAD into overdrive. I've just felt lethargic, hopeless and sad for months and like I will never climb out of the hole. Yesterday for the first time in ages, the sun was out, so I went out to finish up some plantings for the backyard habitat program I'm enrolled in. I walked around to check on some of the other things I planted in the fall and realized they're starting to bud out and bloom. The crab apple I made a special trip for had tiny leaves on it. The native rose that I thought had died had fresh leaves and growth. The native strawberry had blooms. The fir I planted is a couple inches taller. Seeing all of that did something to me, and it made me feel a certain kind of pride that I haven't felt in ages. And it felt good to feel good. Weird, but good. It just feels like things will maybe be ok. After my walk around, I went to work planting my new plants, including 3 native trees. I don't know if anyone else feels this way, but there is something about planting trees that is so comforting. Just knowing they will be there long after I'm gone, providing food and shelter for all the little birds I love watching every day, it just hits me in the feels probably more than it should. I love them already and can't wait to watch them grow. Is anyone else feeling a spring gardening boost?

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This is the first year that my wildflowers/prairie are really coming through--it's been mostly observation and prep before. I was obsessed last year with documenting weeds.... but now I HAVE SO MANY FLOWERS, thimbles, anemones, bluestem, benjamins buttons, lazy suzans, blue bonnets, cone flowers

Despite a large portion of my lawn being covered with flowers, I know each square inch intimately. I go out literally every day several times a day to look at them. It has definitely made my spring so much better, I'm not sure if that's the only reason my mental health has gotten so much better, but I do think it helps quite a bit.

I take walks and try to ID native plants around me on inaturalist--birds as well. I saw a bluejay for the first time yesterday (they seem to be far more shy for some reason) and I found a nature trail a 15 min walk from my house that has a series of wetlands which allowed me to spot a whooping crane.

I was asking myself...this year with winter comes along, what can I do to stay healthy and outside? We don't get snow, just gloomy rain and dead trees. I'm thinking about buying berry-producing shrubs that will attract birds in winter as well.

On the bird-friendly berry shrubs, beauty berry is very pretty, and the berries lasted on my neighbor's well into February: https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=caam2

I have a couple of snowberry bushes in my yard and really recommend them. The bees and hummingbirds go wild for the flowers, and the berries are very pretty and elegant looking. The berries lasted until about January or February. https://www.kb.jniplants.com/common-snowberry-symphoricarpos-albus/

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Okay you've made my mind up! I've actually been looking at beauty berry for the past couple of months. I couldn't decide over that or possumhaw. Possumhaw is seeming like more and more of a pain as it has to be fertilized by a nearby male, of which I cannot find anywhere. You helped me make my decision. I'll get beauty berry this weekend!

It's so pretty! I've admired my neighbor's all year long, so I'm going to have to get one myself! The berries are like this pretty pop of amethyst in the gloom.