When I was a child, the adults used to speak over my head, and say "she is just going through a phase". As if it was something that would pass, and soon I would be back to normal again. I seem to be going through a phase now that makes me a seasonal gardener. A spring only gardener. It could be that I am just tired after spending 18 years working in nurseries, the seasons flying by, warmth, heat, cold, freezing, in consecutive months. Christmas, spring, summer, and fall, year after years. Maybe I have just lost my hardiness zone. I find myself becoming more of a seasonal gardener. Not able to rouse enough sympathy to water poor parched containers begging for relief. Nor willing to go out in the autumn rain. Forget venturing out in the winter, bare branches, and dead leaves are too depressing. The losses we gardeners suffered last winter hit hard, I seem to have lost my drive. And I don't like that. I love my garden, but I long for spring, when I am still eager and energetic enough to get outside, transplanting, planning, and encouraging. The rewards are greater in this season. Bulbs pushing up blooms, color springing into view, the blossoms, dancing in the sunlight. There is hope in spring, and forgetfulness, of the heat, the cold, and the wet. Now I sit here in comfort, the heat on, the light glowing on the computer keyboard, and I have little urge to go outside. No hankering to clean up what must be done. I have put it off for weeks, and soon, it will be too late to undo the damage. The pots will be frozen to the deck railing, and the residents will be unhappily, solid roots of ice. Might be that I am changing, or maybe I am just going through a phase. How do you deal with it, year after year.....do you have the energy to garden all spring, to summer, and into the fall, or do other things take precedence in your life? Or are you one of those who simply rejoice in the warmth of a fresh picked sun dappled strawberry? All I can say, is I really hope that I am just going through a phase.