I’m feeling very grateful on this Saturday. FINALLY, all 1,000 bulbs are in the ground, safely tucked away before our first snowfall arrived this morning. Thankfully, my back has returned to normal, which also allowed me to drag out the snowman to decorate the front garden, and to put up the roping and snowmen in the potager’s front border (note the updated header!) In addition, I dug the last of the carrots, making a note in my journal that seeding that late, last planting was a great idea, and well worth doing again. Fourteen pounds of lovely, muddy carrots! I’ve already made Carrot-Ginger soup, and Carrot-Pineapple Bread is next on the list.
Now that the plants are safely moved in for winter, the last harvests dug, and bulbs planted, I can begin to enjoy the incoming winter season, such as decorating with these self-painted Santa gourds now gracing the dining room. In my younger days, I grew, painted and sold 2-4,000 of these a year! The foxtail fern was moved indoors before frost. Look closely and you’ll see 2 small santa heads painted on the backs of teaspoons, whose handles were bent around a broomstick to form a curve for hanging on the fern branches.
Other pleasures include the arrival of these enticing seed catalogs. In fact, I’ve already received this order from one of my favorites, Pinetree Seeds, having placed the order to take advantage of Black Friday discounts. It joins the GEO order that I place way back in October, to take advantage of their early-order special discounts. So, next year’s garden is already underway, at least in the planning stages. There’s still weeks of winter dreaming and studying catalogs as they arrive. Welcome winter!
Thanks to The Propagator for suggesting and hosting this meme.