01 December 2007
Dec 1: Garden Bloggers Muse Day
From December to March, there are for many of us three gardens -
the garden outdoors,
the garden of pots and bowls in the house,
and the garden of the mind's eye.
- Katherine S. White
Well, We’re into December, and that means it’s time for another Garden Bloggers Muse Day, started by our friend Carolyn Gail at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago. The good news is, we’re out of NO-vember, and are into the countdown to solstice, and the longest night…after which the days start lengthening again.
To celebrate the changing of the calendar, the weather has had a bit of a snit, which I’ll post more about later. But watching the wind blast around the back garden, I thought of this quote and how true it is. We do, indeed have the garden outdoors, frozen as it may be and dreaming of what is to come. This of course reminds me all too clearly that I still don’t have all the bulbs in the ground…but we’ll have warmer days when I won’t need a chisel to get into the soil.
Then there are the pleasures of the indoor garden, where we exercise our green thumbs by splashing pots of colour around the house. My office is awash with flowering plants, the living room and kitchen and front porch boast a host of plants from a large jade (Crassula argentea) to a Norfolk Island pine (Araucaria heterophylla) to this apricot coloured Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera hybrids).
And perhaps most pleasurable, because it requires no effort, only dreaming by the fire, is that garden of the mind’s eye. Do you visit that garden as often as I do? Or maybe for you, as for me, it’s multiple gardens; memories and photos of our own gardens past, images of other gardens in near and far locales, and those found in blogs and books and magazines. Then there’s the most precious and exciting of gardens of the mind’s eye…the one to come. Naturally, I’ve started a bit of tentative planning for next year, and as the calendar days slip by, that garden to come will grow and flourish…and suddenly it will be spring, and time to put those plans into effect.
Just like the garden, though, I think we need a bit of a break from our labours. Hence winter is a good thing. I remind myself of that on those frozen days.