I’ve always been a fan of Mary Keen. Her Creating A Garden is one of my favorite books to drool–er–dream over in the winter. Now I see she has an online gardening column with the Telegraph called Cheat’s Guide. (Need to register unless you get it as an RSS feed.) “Knowing what you can get away with is my specialist subject,” she explains, “. . . These monthly columns will be a way of sharing that knowledge.” This month she suggests trimming your garden way back just before you leave on vacation, so it will be looking great when you get back. Not the usual take on gardening maintenance, but it makes a lot of sense, especially if you aren’t packing a suitcase for kids. (I don’t know about you, but who has time for last-minute garden maintenance when you’re trying to make sure everyone’s got matching socks for the trip?) I’m certainly looking forward to future columns.
In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.
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