So that’s it: the garden is sheared, dug up, inserted with more than a hundred bulbs for spring, and put to bed for the cold months ahead. It’s time for gardeners everywhere to go dark for the winter.
It’s funny how the moment comes when even the most dedicated (OK, obsessive) gardener reaches the point where enough is enough.
My mother, who has a lavish garden and a perfect green velvety lawn, usually reaches that point before me. But I think that’s because she excels at everything she does.
Unlike me who is about 15 minutes late for everything, Mum had enough of the garden two weeks ago and has already emptied her pots, seeded her grass, and put away the garden furniture. She’s all cleared up and capable of coping with the first snowfall, whereas I’m still digging around and deciding where to possibly replant the three peonies that are clearly in the wrong spot and which I’ve almost-but-not-quite replanted for at least four years.
But the weather is taking over and even I am in geared-up mode.
In addition to planting all those tulip and scilla bulbs, I dug a new bed in the scraggy part of my front yard and planted some clumps of Japanese anemones from the back garden. I also split some dark red day lilies that have a long history to give to my sister. They were originally planted by my Dad at my parents’ house, and which my Mum gave to me when I moved to Hudson. My Dad died in 1986, so it’s nice to be able to give some to my sister and keep that thread going.
And last but not least, I moved all the bergamot plants I have into one big spot. That should make a better show of things next summer (and please the butterflies).
The only thing left to do is to get comfortable and into hibernation mode. Which is a task I’m well-equipped to do as I practice often.
However, my hibernation as far as this blog will also begin when I sign off this week.
After more than four years of writing In the Garden for the West Island Gazette, I’m heading over to the new Off-Island Gazette where I’ll be blogging on the scene in Hudson.
It’s very exciting to have a new newspaper over here in Vaudreuil-Soulanges; come and take a look! And thank you so much for reading In the Garden over the years.