Last night I discovered Notes From Zone 4, a real live bona fide cold climate gardening blog, authored by Frank and Lisa Richards of New Hampshire. They started it in November 2000, apparently after rebuilding from a house fire. The design is simple, but pleasing; the writing is straightforward and informative, and there seem to be photos on every page, at least, as many pages as I looked at. With archives going back that far, there’s an awful lot of pages to browse. Sigh. I suppose it’s just as well I didn’t know about this blog sooner; it might have made starting my own blog more intimidating.
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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