We are going to need some supplies. Seed catalogs, gardening books, houseplants, and a stack of gardening magazines. That stack of gardening magazines that piled up while we were out in the garden all summer will do nicely.
We are going to need a good memory. Garden pictures, old blog posts, and garden journal notes.
We are going to need something to keep us warm. Blankets, a fire in the fireplace, warm slippers, hot chocolate, and maybe a steaming bowl of chili, with the heat added by jalapeno peppers from the garden.
We are going to need patience, strength, and sheer willpower to make it through until Spring.
We are going to need gardeners in warmer climates to remind us that the entire world is not gripped by cold and snow, that somewhere flowers still bloom.
We need all of this because winter has really, truly arrived with its nose-nipping, eye-stinging, ear-reddening cold. With snow, ice, and wind. It has begun in earnest and it is not nearly as much fun as I’ve made it sound. But it is pretty close.