Winter may not be a time for active gardening, yet it’s a good time to observe. Rather than the full-on effect of summer abundance, it can be the best time to notice the little things.
1. On a micro-level, while photographing one of the few remaining rose blooms, my eye was drawn to a small slug sheltering between the petals. I did consider removing it, but on reflection, I left it there.
2. The leaves of the columnar beech have all fallen. At a certain time of the day, the low sun glints through the boughs. It’s time to appreciate the beauty even when the tree is bare.
3. The winter lettuce is thriving, despite some hard frost, and the first narcissus is in full bloom. That’s crazy for the 2nd of December!
Interestingly, I find myself walking much more slowly. On the flip-side, this slow walking leads me to see small tasks that need attending to. Here’s today’s three:
thin the thriving winter lettuces
replace one cracked glasshouse pane
spray the window-box pansies for whitefly! I’d have thought that hard frost would have helped me out, but the buggers are still there
Task 1: Winter lettuce needs thinning
Task 2: replace the pane to stop draughts
Task 3: kill the critters the frost left behind!
I have resolved not to complete these tasks on the spot. Rather, they get added to my mental schedule for later in the day / week. Besides, my garden ramble is before breakfast, and the kettle usually is on the boil.