In my post of October 31st, I told you how Rundy started clearing a path through the Secret Garden and the woods. Since then he leveled some areas of the path with a mattock, chain-sawed some trees that were in the way (including a huge dead pine that had toppled across a path since the path was first created), and brush-mowed the remaining path through the Witch Hazel Grove. If you want to know what using a brush mower is like, Rundy will tell you about it here. Unhappily, I have been sidelined with a back spasm since November 3rd, and haven’t been able to walk the path since he finished it. I’m finally getting to that point, but now I’ll have to wait for a break in the weather. I don’t mind it being cold, but I don’t like to walk with freezing rain blowing in my face.
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
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