Name: Diana Pappas
Online Home: Eat More Butter
My Green Resolution: Tomorrow marks the first day of winter and I could dwell upon the freezing temperatures, grey skies and snow shoveling that await but instead my mind is elsewhere, approximately 5 inches under ground. Tomorrow is of course the winter solstice and from that moment on the days are going to get longer and longer. Soon these longer days will summon bulbs of snowdrops to awaken and push through 5 inches of soil and emerge in happy clusters of white blooms and green foliage around the birdbath and we will be able to sip our morning tea and take in that first sign of spring with a sigh of relief.
We will know that soon thereafter the crocuses will follow, and then the daffodils, forsythia, tulips and irises and all the trees will break out in blooms and celebrate that winter has passed. Spring is so close, I can see the riot of color already!
The bulbs of snowdrops were planted just over a month ago, and for me they represent the first step in the fulfillment of My Green Resolution. I am taking on the project of revitalizing a perennial flower garden that the kitchen table looks out upon. Long neglected, shaded and then trampled by workers over the past summer, it is desperate for some attention. Over the winter I will plan and brainstorm, think about colors and seeds, soil condition and sun exposure and as soon as the ground thaws, it will be time to take action on my plans and make them a reality.
Gardening for me is a potent antidote to hours spent in front of the computer for work. Whenever possible, I garden without gloves so I get direct contact with the earth and soil, something many of us are so removed from. I'm able to recharge my batteries out amongst the flowers, vegetables and fruit in my yard and rejoice in the sunshine and air and birds and insects that make up the amazing ecosystem out there. I know already the rewards of taking on this Green Resolution - beautiful cut flowers in my home, plenty of fresh air, a terrific view from the kitchen table, lots of bees and butterflies and birds and a great feeling of accomplishment.
(Images: Diana Pappas)
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Diana Pappas is a professional photographer and co-writer of the blog Eat More Butter. Prints of her photographs are in dozens of private collections throughout North America and Europe and her photography has appeared in the set decoration of both Sex & The City feature films as well as the New York Times. Eat More Butter is a blog devoted to real food, cooking, gardening, farming and nutrition. Diana is a graduate of Duke University and lives in the Garden State, New Jersey.