The optimistic gardener has developed a five-step program to enable gardening addicts in cold climates to cope better with their winter-imposed withdrawal from outdoor gardening. Sure, it’s a case of “physician, heal thyself,” but if you read her blog, you’ll know the treatment is necessary. In fact, it may already be too late. Stop by and extend your sympathy.
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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