Finally, some snow to make the yard look pristine. 12/26 and the Hellebores by the back door are poking their dainty pink heads above the snow. It’s always fun when someone pulls into the drive not familiar with ‘Christmas’ or ‘Lenten’ roses. It can be 30 degrees and a foot of snow on the ground and I can pick a bouquet to share. I have two varieties given by an older friend years ago and plan on increasing the repertoire with some of the ‘Lady’ series in the coming year. These come in deep purple, white, pink, spotted and red. All this wonderful perennial asks is sun or shade in a well-drained bed punched full of humus rich compost. Happy Holidays from ‘just south of the Canadian border’!
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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