Sunday, January 11, 2015

Onward to the New Year

Well, I finally decided to update my blog. I can list all the excuses, but it boils down to this. My holiday season was ridiculously busy this year, and there's not a darn thing to see outside in my garden. December was just the drabbest month. It didn't really snow, the skies were rainy and foggy, and it was just generally dreary. Blah.

 But with the arrival of the new year came the arrival of real winter time. It's been snowing, and bitter cold, just like you'd expect from winter. Brrrrr! Sometimes I think that I'll never feel warm again.

I'm ready to finally settle into my winter cocoon. Honestly, I'm looking forward to things turning a little bit dull. You see, we just held our annual wine party last night, and I'm exhausted! Don't get me wrong, it was a blast, but now I can call my time my own. We normally hold it between Christmas and New Year's, but this year we moved it off the holiday just a bit and that turned out to be a good move. However, it means that I still haven't been able to wind down from the "holidays". I promise, today I did nothing! And it felt wonderful.
In trying to inspire myself to write about gardening, I scanned through last year's pictures for ideas. Instead, I got a little lost there in my photo files. Heavy sigh. Sometimes I can put it out my mind for awhile, but seeing all those flowers reminded me just exactly what I'm missing.

 I guess that just means that one of my first winter projects will be sorting through the seed catalogs. Oh darn.
I'm actually ahead of the game with next year's seeds. I already bought some of my favorites so that they wouldn't sell out before I got to them. After all, I couldn't do without my beloved Queen Red Lime zinnias. I wonder what other treasures I'll find.
There are a couple of other winter projects to keep me occupied, and they are actually related to gardening. That's how I keep my sanity till the garden starts blooming again. I need to gather vegetable recipes for the Master Gardener farmer's market, and I need to tweak my butterfly gardening presentation before I present it to the garden club next month. Of course there are plenty of other non-garden related craft projects too. Before I know it, the first iris reticulata will pop up, and the next garden season will begin again. I can make it.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Goodbye Garden, Hello Snow

I know it's November, but it's been a quick transition out of the gardening season! It was only a week ago that I spent a warm day out in the garden, getting it ready for winter. I'm so glad that I got my bulbs planted that day, because now my world is covered in snow and ice.

On that last garden day of the season, I also made sure to capture pictures of the final flowers for this year. It's hard to believe this was just a few days ago.

 There had already been several frosts at this point in time. But these were the troopers, those that continued to bloom despite the cold.

And where the flowers faded, the fall colors took their place. 

 Many times, the sun breaks through the clouds at sunset and illuminates my patio. I can't tell you how many times I've jumped up from the dinner table, grabbed my camera, and captured something special just outside the door.

Often times it's the sunset that catches my eye there. I wish there weren't other homes in the way of my view. I've been known to hop in the car and drive down to the pond to get a clear view if I see an extra pretty sunset coming.

I guess it's time to hunker down indoors till spring. Darn it, I didn't want to do that just yet! But I guess I say that every year. Hurry spring! Is it silly to say that when it isn't even officially winter yet?

Monday, November 3, 2014

October is Never Long Enough

How can it be November already? I feel like I barely had a chance to enjoy beautiful October.
I've seen an internet quote that sums up our love affair with October. It says "I'm glad I live in a world where there are Octobers". I'm sure we'd all agree.
Last night we had our first frost here in central Ohio. It's always a sad day for me. But I'm sure all gardeners feel that way. When that first frost threatens, I always go out on  a rescue mission. First thing to save was the beloved Queen Red Lime zinnias. I filled two vases full of my favorite blooms.
Next up was the roses. There weren't many blooms left, but I saved some of the sweetest ones. It's amazing how concentrated the fragrance is once they are inside.
I also rescued the dahlia blooms. There weren't as many flowers as usual this year. I think I just didn't pick the best varieties, because last year they were prolific.
Our first frost was a bit late this year, so that gave me a few extra weeks to enjoy the flowers. I'm sure anyone could guess how happy that made me!
But up to that darned frost last night, we were enjoying a warm and sunny spell of weather. The autumn sunlight is especially golden, and I found myself grabbing my camera at every turn. 
While the fall colors were especially bold this year, it was often rainy during those peak colors. But around my yard, I still found plenty of color, only in flower form.
Goodbye then to the most beautiful of months. Oh how I'll miss all this over the winter.