a fallen leaf is nothing more
than a summer’s wave goodby
Bird song is muted
Insect hum is quieted
Leaves are all fallen
The garden is bare
the hush before winter!
The calendar says that winter does not arrive until December 21. But, sorry, winter is already here! The true seasons of the year are measured by the actual weather outside and not the calendar…. it is saying winter already.
Last week we endured bitter cold weather, but we did not get the remarkable snow that those living by the great lakes had.
This cold spell came way too early, and we were not nearly ready for it. There were still lots of outside chores waiting to be done ‘before winter’. Many will now have to wait until Spring, or never, maybe there will be a warming spell to get some things done yet.
The tender potted plants had been brought in in time, and are now enjoying the warm window sun.
The begonia has been pruned back, and in the basement, until Spring.
There are herbs waiting on the back porch, to be potted up for inside winter use.
The amaryllis is sitting in the dark basement for a few weeks, waiting to be brought upstairs to bloom in the gloom of winter for me.
The elephant ears have frosted off, and they have been dug, pots and all, and will spend the winter in the basement. With minimal water, they will hold until next spring till the danger of frost is passed. Then they will be planted out, pot and all, by the fish pond again.
The strawberry bed has been covered with leaves. (They were still pushing out berries till the freeze!)
The asparagus fronds have been pruned back, and the bed covered with straw.
The chicken coop has been cleaned out, and re-strawed with fresh straw-the chickens are loving it! And not loving the cold, and preferring to stay inside.
Most of the garden tools are stored away, as well as my many buckets, that are used for everything.
I was still planning to rake leaves to put on the beds, but it didn’t get done, and the wind has blown most of them away!
Only 1 bucket of apples got picked, feeling bad about those still left, frozen on the tree. Apple pies are coming.
I do not like the early darkness, and am awaiting the turning of the sun again, which does happen on December 21.
I am glad for the holidays of winter- Thanksgiving and Christmas- with all of their preparations and activities-it keeps me busy-otherwise, I would sit inside and mope about the winter weather and shortness of sunshine.
“When I sit in darkness,
the Lord shall be a light unto me.”