Six on Saturday: Visualization

The morning view!

Coaches of all sorts say the key to success in doing something is to first visualize yourself making that goal, catching that long pass, making that putt, and then putting in the work to make it happen. That’s where gardeners need to focus during these long weeks of winter. Visualization. Today we awoke to new snow, and while it’s indeed beautiful it’s a reminder that our garden season and signs of spring are still in the distance. So, in the meantime, I’m visualizing for Six on Saturday.

The Front Island, January 16, 2021

1) The Front Island is the first thing most visitors see (although when we will again have visitors is still in question.) I’m visualizing those forsythia in full bloom, the myriad of daffodils of many, many varieties, and the newly added blue alliums.

The Front Garden.

2) The “Cantaloupe” rudbeckia that appreciates the wire ring will be a long time coming, but the hundreds of crocus and dwarf iris will be among the first to appear, followed by over 200 tulips. Oooh! Those luscious colors. Just thinking about them makes me feel warmer.

Will they return?

3) Under my beloved elder, are the winter aconites that made their first appearance last spring still alive and growing? Or, did watering the coleus that grew over them all summer do them in? I’m visualizing them as spreading roots, popping through the soil and snow, and opening their golden flowers….soon!

I love the furry, antler-like branches of sumac in winter.

4) The area under the golden sumac was cleared last fall, and for my first-time-ever snowdrops were planted. I don’t know why I’ve been so slow in planting snowdrops. Maybe because I’m drawn to more colorful plants, but if they bloom before the crocus, I’ll be delighted. Maybe they are blooming, and I just can see the white petals against the white snow????? Okay, visualizing only goes so far.

5) The potager looks a little forlorn right now. The only green are the Lady Cottage’s shutters and porch posts. But if we pulled on our boots and trudged out there, we could peek in the berry boxes covered in plastic, and see robust spinach, carrots and leeks. And, under multiple layers of row cover, are some lettuces that are still looking good. Can you visualize that?

Even the nutcracker is impressed!

And finally 6) even though they aren’t in colorful, mouth-watering, seductive photo packaging, I have no trouble at all visualizing the magical seeds inside that will transform into tiny green shoots and eventually gorgeous produce. Want to know what’s in those plain (what would you expect from an Amish family business?) white envelopes? French Garden beans, French Horticulture beans, Fordhook lima beans, Scarlet Nantes carrots, Quickstar Kohlrabi, Lettuces “Marvel of the Four Seasons,” “New York 12,” “Rouge de Hiver”; Cipollini; Parsnip All American; peas “Green Arrow,” Penelope,” and “Spring.” Spinach “Bloomsdale” and finally, Squash “Jaune et Verte.”

To see lots more garden Six on Saturday posts…maybe some that actually show some plants!…visit The Propagator, who thought up this whole idea of Sixes.


About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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16 Responses to Six on Saturday: Visualization

  1. margieclyde says:

    I love your winter visualizing. I can’t wait for Spring! I so enjoy your blog posts.


  2. Beautiful winter visions for these snow-thirsty eyes! Our only snow (so far) was a couple of days during Christmas week until New Year’s. Now it’s a Southern winter garden here, with temps in the 30s+ during the day.


  3. Kit Miracle says:

    This is such a great time to plan, Carolee. Can’t wait to see your visions materialized this spring and summer.


  4. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I have never planted snowdrops but there were some growing wild int he garden here and despite all the remodeling they have survived in places. Today I noticed that the first clump are shooting and that some of the daffodils have buds. Spring will come and your visions will materialise!


  5. Scott Dee says:

    I love this six on saturday idea! I’ve seen a few people posting these lately, and they’re always so inspiring.
    If you had to add a seventh, what would it be?


    • carolee says:

      It’s hard to come up with six this time of year, but I think the 7th would be the flat of seeds that hold such promise. I can see rows of green easily in my mind, but reality is a bit behind! Thanks for reading and commenting.


  6. Loved your little visualizing tour. I’m looking forward to seeing photos of all those flowers in the, hopefully, not too distant future.


  7. Beautiful snowy views. I need to spend a bit more time visualising as I tend to acquire new plants forgetting that the apparent ‘gaps’ in the winter garden will probably be filled by existing perennials once they start growing again.


    • carolee says:

      Oh, that’s SO easy to do! I always grow way too many annuals, thinking that there is more space between perennials than there actually is come summer! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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