Be light



looking for the snowbow The Holidays are perfectly timed. Long before there was a Christmas Day everyone knew a wintertime festival was just what we gardeners need. Some of us feel defeated by dormancy, stressed by frenzied consumerism, chilled to the bone and blue. But winter gives us a much needed chance to rest and recharge (it’s the “hibernal” season after all), and it’s our best excuse for indulging in egg nog, singing out loud in public and a having indoor garden parties.

Tomorrow will be the shortest, dimmest day of the year but in the gardener’s lexicon (this one’s anyway) the winter solstice is the official start of summer. Day after day the sun will climb, and night after night will shorten and it all leads minute by minute to You-Know-What! — Another season in the garden! If that’s not a good reason to whoop it up in the drear of winter then I don’t know what is! So in honor of the return of the light, here are a few bright pictures from this past growing season – a smidgen of a hint of all we have to look forward to:

Cinnamon ferns in the Water GardenWater garden view mid-summerFranklinia alatamaha - detailHemerocallis ‘Autumn Minaret’Praying Mantis checking me outRudbeckia ‘Prairie Sun’Eschscholzia californica ‘Apricot Flambeau’ (California Poppy)Nelumbo ‘Mrs. Perry D. Slocum’Epimedium (not sure which one!)Geranium ‘Rozanne’

I’m going to spend the rest of my work day today watering and grooming in the greenhouse and tidying the potting shed as if I’m preparing for a journey – even though I’m staying right here. The next time I’ll be at Blithewold it will be a totally different season. Gail and I will be surrounded by stacks of magazine back issues we haven’t had time to read yet, notebooks for writing down borrowed and newly minted garden ideas, and seed and plant catalogues for ordering our spring universe – Joy to the World, friends and gardeners and Happy Solstice!

8 thoughts on “Be light

  1. Those are beautiful blooms! After tomorrow, I just wrote on Layanee’s blog, the day’s will start growing longer. Yes! I get through the winter with knitting, painting and lots of music. You are lucky to work at Blithewold!

    Happy holidays to you,

  2. Party down, there is indeed a lot to look forward after this week’s holiday festivities. Wonderful post!

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

  3. Wow… what beautiful pictures, and what a great idea for a Winter Solstice post to show light-filled pictures from the past year. Makes me feel better just seeing them. 🙂

  4. Thank you all! – I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday as well – mine was tons of fun!

  5. Winter is not just a time to reflect and recharge but an opportunity to enjoy nature in another manner. Winter Solstice is a reminder of all the thing I haven’t done. For me it’s a chance to hike back to the many waterfalls of the area, to pity the deer that I cursed in the summer, to stand quietly outside at night and listen to the trees cracking in the cold, to slow down and enjoy the company of family and friends, and sit back and watch the dancing flames in the fireplace. So many things to do and now the countdown to a new season has begun.

    Winter solstice is my reminder to get off my butt and away from the computer which seems to have captured too much of my attention this winter.

  6. Wiseacre, Sounds like a blissful list of wintertime activities to me – I’d like to get away from my computer too (it’s a time warper) but there are so many blogs to read – and write!

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