We are supposed to get our first snow of the season tonight and tomorrow morning with accumulations of an inch or more in the higher elevations, which is where I am. The first snow always evokes a lot of conflicting feelings in me. I have to face up to the fact that I am not going to get all those fall chores done. The gardening season is over and there is no more opportunity to catch up, finish up, cross it off the list. On the other hand, I can let go of all the oughts and musts, and look forward to deep garden dreaming for the next several months. There’s never a garden so perfect as the one that’s in your head, the one you will have–someday. Now I tackle all the indoor oughts and musts, all the neglected household chores that were laid aside to garden. I live a lopsided life.
In its own way, frost may be one of the most beautiful things to happen in your garden all year . . . Don’t miss it. Like all true beauty, it is fleeting. It will grace your garden for but a short while this morning. . . . For this moment, embrace frost as the beautiful gift that it is.
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