My husband is the master gardener of our family. The one dreaming up kitchen garden plans, planting perfectly straight rows of bush beans, and designing elaborate trellises for the cucumber plants from branches and posts he finds around the yard.
But our first spring here at Woodlawn will be a little quieter on the gardening front. Mostly, we're spending this year weeding, pruning and sitting back to watch what emerges from the dormant gardens around the house. The surprise of a wisteria, slumped among the boxwoods. The twiggy bush outside my kitchen window blooming into a lilac. The hydrangea hiding outside the back porch.
This spring is mostly about watching and waiting, and making as much room as we can for things to grow. Tidying up long-neglected flower beds. (And, dealing with outbreaks of poison ivy everywhere!)
But we still look for inspiration. I owe many of these discoveries to my husband, who seems to have a knack for un-earthing long-forgotten television series. So with gardening season hitting full stride, I thought I'd share six must-watch gardening videos that will hopefully inspire your spring planting. Some have you stepping way back in time, but those lessons and reminders are timeless. Others inspire my modern-day gardening ideas and remind me of the joy in pulling those carrots or potatoes or cut flowers, straight from my own back yard. Enjoy.