I find the earliest days of Spring to be a real in-between time for gardeners in New England. There is a certain promise in the air when the warmer days of April begin to shrink the deep snow pack that’s been a constant companion for the past several months. However, along with the warmer days and melting snow comes mud season and frost heaving ground. I have been waiting for what seems like forever to get my hands in the soil. I have gone through all the seed catalogs and finished drawing up plans and making lists of all the things I want to accomplish in the garden this year. I’m ready to get going. Yet, neither the fickle New England weather or the still half-frozen ground under my boots will allow me the kind of satisfaction I crave. So, to take the edge off my intensifying appetite for things earthy and botanical, I will often make an early spring trek to Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts. It’s true, they don’t allow me to dig in the dirt there. But I will at least get to cruise the orangerie and limonaia and perhaps sidle up to an oversized tropical plant, or make the acquaintance of an interesting flower or two that I have never met before. All of which is great therapy for any deprived green thumb. For a sample of what I stumbled across on my visit to Tower Hill last week, take a look at the small gallery of photos by clicking here.