A loss in my garden

I wish it was spring, but not for the usual reason. Whenever I am having a tough time or experience loss, I go out in my garden and work, and I find that it helps tremendously. Our sweet 13 year old labrador died suddenly last week. Since there is still snow on the ground, and it is January, there isn’t much gardening I can do. My dog loved the garden. She rolled around in the grass or snow, chased rabbits, deer and turkeys, helped herself to their leavings (ugh), posed for pretty pictures, and kept me company. She just loved to sit on the back step and sniff the air. There is a big hole in my heart and in my garden. These are a few photos of happier times.

An interlude

I garden in New England. The weather does some some crazy things sometimes. It was in the 60’s over the weekend, and then yesterday, we had snow squalls. The little January thaw was wonderful… everyone was outside taking walks, and basking in the sunshine.

We took a walk along the Nashua River near our house

I was able to fix the deer fence, put out some mole repellent, and take down the Christmas decor… all without freezing my fingers off. The icebergs in the driveway melted away and grass was visible again. It was a treat. The bluebirds visited too. .

Of course we are expecting snow again on Saturday. Such is the weather in New England.

Winter is not done with us yet.

December

It snowed… a lot… 17 inches worth. There was quite a frenzy to complete all the garden clean-up before the storm, and we finished just in time. Now we have winter wonderland for a few days until the next storm washes it away.

Thank goodness I was able to get the Christmas lights put out before it snowed
Need to dig out the grill
We won’t be dining on the porch for awhile
Happy dog

After 2 1/2 days of snowing, the sun came out

I got a lot of indoor work done during the storm though…here’s one of my decorations. Merry Christmas to all.

Mid November

It was such a beautiful fall. We lingered in the warmth; we admired the still blooming flowers. Then boom… it got cold.. .real cold. So the clean-up is still not done. I cut back most of the stuff that gets mushy – irises and daylilies. But there is still much to do

Most of what is left is the woody stuff, and I will leave some of that until spring.

The meadow got mowed just in time

Although the flowers are gone, the frost on the foliage is delightful

Decorative globes shine in the morning light

This is another reason to grow Epimedium – wonderful color on the foliage in late autumn

And finally a spectacular sunset from the other night…

No snow yet..but its coming.

Mid-Late October

The growing season is about over in my neck of the woods. There are still mums and asters and a few other things blooming, but I’ve begun the seasonal garden clean-up. The garden looked like this in mid-October.

The woodpile was replenished
Smokebush, monkshood and Sedum Autumn Joy
The colors changed some more as the weeks progressed
Red blossomed pineapple sage still blooming in the corner of the new veggie bed
This big fella wandered through the yard one morning
Peter Rabbit came by
These 4 deer (look carefully) made an appearance
My favorite visitor sniffing the air – she knew there were critters around
Big maple showing off
As you can see here, I have begun cutting back the daylilies and I moved a trellis against the fence
Maple leaves and hosta foliage
Patio season is over

It has been a beautiful autumn. There’s always lots of work to do when putting the garden to bed for the winter, but with all the visitors and pretty colors, the chore has been more enjoyable.

The great autumn veggie garden renewal

The veggies were amazing this year. However, the retaining wall separating the two tiered raised bed had been eaten away by ants and was rotting away. What to do? Garden club friend Celia was replacing a retaining wall and had stones she did not need! So we rescued them.

Some of the bounty
Here you can see what appear to be good wooden supports.. not so… (rotted ones dividing the upper and lower beds already removed in this photo)
Rotted supports from between the two beds, the sides look like this too
Reclaimed stones from friend’s yard
Yuck.. more ant infiltration
Beginning the first course of stone
Progress
Lower bed removed, area raked and seeded – the blocks on the right will be removed, but are currently keeping a beautiful pineapple sage in place because I couldn’t bear to pull it out yet
Ta da!!!! Ready for next year
Oh yes the Brugmansia is still having a field day

October has arrived and here are a few photos from the perennial garden. Its darn pretty out there.

Autumn blooming crocuses
It seems surreal sometimes

The colors will be gone soon and the tedious clean-up will begin, but in the meantime, ahhhhhhhhhhhh