The glaze

I’m beginning to think that the task Gail and I are working on now might be the most physically exhausting of all the jobs we do.  Forget dividing daylilies, planting, lugging bags of soil or watering at noon during a heat wave.  Sitting in the chilly potting shed, trolling magazines for ideas and browsing seed catalogs has flattened me.  I feel like the bamboo looked this past Tuesday morning.  I feel glazed.  I feel heavy.  I feel like lying down for a while.

A “wintry mix” encapsulated the gardens earlier this week and if it hadn’t turned to plain rain and kept on dripping, I might have lingered outside with my camera to try to capture more frozen images.  But instead Gail and I sat right down at the potting shed table, leaned our elbows on the radiator and began flipping through magazines and catalogs and talking about what we want to see in the gardens this coming year.  And I’m finding that if I don’t invent an excuse to get up and move actively around the greenhouse, I’m liable to sink into a stupor.  Occasionally a plant (a variegated eryngium!) or a germ of an idea for one of the gardens perks me back up like the bamboo which is (mostly) vertical again.  And hopefully as we go through and complete this task (we’ll have the orders sent by the end of January), I’ll get more and more enlivened about the gardens we’re planning and less inclined to glaze over.

Please don’t get me wrong – I’m not complaining.  I love this part of our job – the dreaming and planning and browsing – and I’d much rather be doing this than outside digging holes with Fred and Dan!  But is sitting still difficult for you too?  (Maybe Gail and I should set up treadmills side by side in the potting shed for the month of January…)  What do you do to stay alert and focused during your garden’s dream stage?

6 thoughts on “The glaze

  1. Hmmmm. Right now, Kris, my tactics consist of resting and healing and reading blogs and books, to get myself prepared for when I feel better and can garden like a normal person come spring. It’s good to be back reading blogs again, and good to see things are well with Blithewold, even if the weather has been a bit on the naughty side.

    Jodi, I’m glad you’re back! You’ve got a lot to look to focus on now and tons to look forward to. Hope the weather has been better behaved up in Oh Canada! (it’s downright mischievous here today.) -kris

  2. Hi Kris and Gail,
    Well, I’m writing this at 1am…had company and coffee….feeling heavy?..why YES!! oh, figuratively and literally!!! Having the post-holiday gee ,I still want chocolate and lots of buttered toast and tea and I really don’t want to take a walk cause the “feel like’ temperature is -5 degrees..but..I’m trying very hard to take a long walk every day,,doesn’t always happen…a winter landscape is so cool tho..the shapes of the natural landscape covered in snow, or like wednesday, ice, or just starkly bare,,,I SEE the shapes more clearly…as for the planning, my brain some days says..not yet, not yet, I’m not ready to plan color yet…!! its a strange conflict!its sort of like the stores displaying Xmas decorations right after Halloween…anyway,good luck on your treadmill speed races..Norma

    Norma, I never considered that we might be putting up early xmas decorations! Too funny. But if we don’t start “decorating” now, we’ll miss our chance… I think a walk is a good idea, but I’m with you – I’d rather stay in where it’s warm eating carbs and chocolate! -kris

  3. I either take a nap, succumbing to the stupor, or, get a cup of coffee! Maybe a few Yoga stretches. I need to get out those catalogs and start ordering. Have you finalized the color scheme?

    I’ve tried caffeine – mostly in the form of chocolate – but I forgot about yoga. Maybe if I did a handstand I’d wake up… And no, we’re working on several color schemes and none have reached the finish line yet. We’re still going to try least favorite colors in at least one garden though! -kris

  4. Wintry mixes do make for nice photographs. I especially like the one at bottom left–beautiful contrasts there. What is the photo tool you use for the photo pop-ups? It’s a nice effect. As for your question, I’d have to agree that movement is the best antidote. It also helps you sleep well at night. That said, I haven’t been to yoga in 6 wks, but I walk the dog twice a day :) Have fun!

    Thanks, Lynn — the cool photo trick is a WordPress plug-in called “lightbox”. And (parallel lives again) I’ve been blaming my dog for a 6 month lapse in my yoga practice! -kris

  5. The dogs are totally to blame. Lots of walking time and dog park time used to be asana time. God knows what kids would do to the routine! And my lapse is really more like a year and a half since a dedicated practice (blame Slaterville). It’s just 6 weeks since last I caught a class by chance.

    The truth comes out! Glad I’m not the only one (that’s not very yogi of me is it?) -kris

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