The 'Miss Kim' lilac has shed its leaves, revealing the long ago abandoned nest of a house wren.
Can another season of the garden really be over?
Yes, it can be, and here in my Zone 5b garden, it clearly is.
All that is left to do outside is the occasional cutting back of old perennials, but only if the mood strikes me to do that, and maybe raking up some small piles of leaves, if we get a bit of sunshine which makes me want to go out and do something outside.
And I hope there is at least one more nice day so I can mow the grass one final time before we get any significant snow, but even that isn't something that I have to do.
The garden really is ready for winter. I've completed the list of "must do before the snow flies" chores, including purchasing a new snowblower, one with an electric starter.
I sold my old snowblower at a summer garage sale because it failed too often to start. And it would choose not to start at the most inconvenient of times like when there was snow that had to be cleared off the driveway. It was like it was afraid of snow, if a gasoline engine can be 'afraid'. I hope my new snowblower is more reliable and braver around snow, and there is no reason it shouldn't be.
So bring on the snow, I'm ready.
I'm also ready to shop. I want to buy some more house plants because I still need to plant something in my terrarium. I just moved it again, empty, out of the great room and into the sunroom to make room for the Christmas tree. It would be nice to have some plants in it when I move it back in January. Plus, I'm just in the mood to buy some plants, and since it isn't the season to buy plants for the outside gardens, I'll get them for inside.
Other items on my list for black Friday shopping, if I decide to venture out...
- amaryllis bulbs,
- paperwhite bulbs,
- maybe a rosemary tree,
- a new container for some recently rooted Christmas cactus cuttings,
- some potting soil.
What's on your shopping list for tomorrow?