Remember - Day length is on the upswing!

Boxwood, false cypress, Thuja and juniper add much-needed green to the sea of brown my garden’s become. Silvery clumps of lavender stand straight and proud, while hellebore leaves as big as platters, shiny and green, make the calendar look like false advertising. Gnarled brown stems, most without redeeming intrinsic value, mock me and my nonexistent plans for fall garden clean-up. I can either gear up and head out to prune, or wait for snow to soften their dismal deportment.
After years being left outside, Spike the
windvane is looking somewhat rusty. But
in summer, he provides a perch for a friend.
At least I brought in the fragile garden ornaments before winter set in. As pretty as a glass garden globe would be with a cap of snow, I bring it inside for the winter to keep it safe from the possibility of cracking from a freeze-thaw cycle or falling branches. Of course, no glass globe is safe from rolling onto the garage floor if improperly stored.
If you haven't retrieved your hoses yet, cross your fingers. They're coiled up someplace under cover of fallen leaves or snow. Dealing with a stretch of frozen hose is like wrestling an octopus. While amusing for the neighbors, it will never be an Olympic sport. Just make sure you've detached any hoses from the outdoor spigots.
Hellebore blooms in April--just four months away!
Disconnecting them prevents freezing indoor water lines. Once ice begins to form inside the hose, pressure builds, preventing release to the outdoors. If there is a weak spot in your home's water line, it might break and begin to leak.
You can leave solar lights out during the winter, but operating times may vary as much as 30 to 50 percent. That is, unless you use some of the newer-generation solar lights. Look for units that combine several LEDs, reflectors and special lenses, which make them more powerful.  Worth the research, as this time of year we can use all the light we can get.
We've had our shortest day of the year. It can only get better from here on out. Peruse those books that piled up in the summer when you were too busy gardening to read. Putter with your indoor plants, and search for more plants to put in your garden. We might leave things to chance when fall arrives, but no self-respecting gardener enters springtime without a plan.

No comments:

Post a Comment