The gardening is on pause for the next few months. The catalogs have started: we got the vegetable seed catalogs last week, and they’ve also got flower seeds for me. I’m planning to start seeds of delphinium, cleome, zinnia, nasturtium, sunflowers and a few other favorites. I am going to buy seedlings of basil, petunias, marigolds and others from a local nursery. I will probably not buy many plants from the flower catalogs, since I already have most of what I can or want to grow from them, after 15 years of buying and planting. For the first time ever I didn’t buy any spring bulbs this last fall, but there are plenty of narcissus and lily bulbs now in the ground from years past. For the last few weeks I’ve been out in our woods making snowshoeing paths. Here are some pictures from those adventures:
Along with the major features, there are small blessings I run into at every turn.
In Chinese fashion, I called one of the high spots on the property “dragon bone ridge” (long gu ling). It’s a long “backbone” of rock covered with maple trees and ash trees, with their roots reaching into a deep bed of leaves and dead fallen branches. It slopes down toward the west into hay fields and old apple orchards, and slopes toward the east to a rocky drop-off and then to a brook that drains into the old beaver pond.
While my home flower garden sleeps, I’ll be spending happy hours making a network of trails for snowshoeing and hiking out in the woods.