Gardening through this fall has been like being stuck at the top of a zip line. I just couldn’t get that thing, whatever it is called, engaged on the zip line, ready to go.
The temperatures were too warm, the sky was too blue, the leaves were still green. So many excuses to put off fall clean up.
Then suddenly, that thing, whatever it is called, got engaged on the zip line and away I went, heading straight toward winter.
Now the temperatures are too cold, the sky is too gray, and the leaves are still falling. So many excuses not to get on with fall clean up.
I have no idea how to engage the brake on this thing on this imaginary zip line that I’m hanging on to for dear life, with fall and pretty leaves at the top and a big pile of wintry snow at the bottom.
I got a sudden jolt, though, on this zip line that is taking me from fall into winter when I saw the first blooms on a Christmas rose, Helleborus niger.
Is it any coincidence that my discovery of these Christmas rose blooms came on the same day I noticed a local restaurant had already plastered Christmas clingy things to their windows? And yet their Halloween pumpkins were sitting on a counter still waiting to be stowed away for the year.
Just like my garden, where a pumpkin and all the containers full of now frost-blackened plants are still on the front porch waiting for me to put them away before winter.
If this wintry weather continues, I’ll have to switch from “putting them away before winter” to “putting them away before I bring out any Christmas decorations.” I don’t have any control over the weather, but at least I have control over the Christmas decorations.
Except for the Christmas rose. I apparently have no control over it.
Merry Happy Fall Christmas Thanksgiving. I’m free falling now on this zip line of fall garden clean up, hoping there is still time for a soft landing before winter.