Spring Fever Melt-down

Each year around this time, I suffer Spring Fever. It starts with the return of the robins and quickly ramps up as snowdrops and aconites break through the cold winter soil to show their bright, sunny faces.

The fever hit hard last week and drew me outside in shirtsleeves to turn soil, yank weeds and cut down a sea of dead stalks that should have been composted months ago. When the fever’s in full stride, it’s easy to push away thoughts of unwritten chapters and hunker down over a garden fork.

With fresh dirt under my fingernails, I felt a renewed commitment to get my neglected gardens back in shape, but that first day’s work had my back reminding me to take it easy.

The weather cooled, my fever subsided and a few days later I’m in town with a friend, running errands. She suggests a stop at the nursery. Why not, I think? I’ll just have a wee look-see.

Spring-flowers-in-pots But the moment I walk through the doors, the fever sets in. I inhale the heady scent of forced blooms and my pupils dilate. A garden centre in February is like a crack house to the bloom-starved, flower-addicted gardener.

I wander wide-eyed up and down the aisles touching lush foliage and cooing. Before I know it, I’ve gathered an armful of the little darlings and I make a break for the till.

Later on, safely home, I set my drugs…err…flowers out on the lawn to admire, and contemplate where I’ll plant them. They’ll be fine left outside, I reason, after all, the crocuses are already blooming.


And then this happens…


And happens some more…







I should know by now that a trip to the garden centre this early in the year never ends well.

For now, the hot flash of spring fever is under control, snuffed out under a blanket of winter snow. But it’ll be back. It always comes back!

If you’re snowed in today, why not curl up with a good book and escape the cold. You can order The Gift: Awakening with one simple click here. Go on…your adventure awaits.

About JP McLean

Author of The Gift Legacy, a contemporary thriller with a twist of fantasy that will leave you believing the impossible and wary of the night sky…
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8 Responses to Spring Fever Melt-down

  1. I made that mistake every year in New York. Now I just forget to water. 🙂 …I’m a plant junkie as well.


  2. kmaugustine says:

    I know how it feels. We have a nursery nearby that I have to walk through with my wallet safely at home, or else I’ll buy everything in sight. 🙂 But come April… I don’t think I’ll be able to hold onto my money!


  3. I know what you mean. I jump the gun every year. Right now however, I’m hoping that it stops snowing by June. I sincerely hope that your plants are okay. 🙂 Have fun.


  4. olganm says:

    Here (UK) winter has been very mild and most plants are flowering early. Terrible problems with pollen…


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