The leaves are just starting to turn, and today, while I planted some bulbs and Pansies, I noticed for the first time since spring that the sun was no longer warm on my back. In fact, I wore a lightweight sweater over a t-shirt and capris, and I felt just warm enough.
Two of my bulb orders are en route, and another is waiting at the post office. I’ll pick it up in the morning. Although I held the Pansies as long as I could (I wanted to plant them over the new bulbs), they needed to go into the ground.
I planted Heirloom Snowflakes, Leucojum aestivum, part of the Southern Living Collection, a mix of small yellow and purple Alliums, Allium, Purple Sensation and nigrum, Galanthus nivalis single, Ornithogalum umbellatum and Pansies and Johnny Jump-Ups.
I have many more bulbs to plant before winter heads south, but while outside, I started musing. Usually, by the end of fall, I am happy for the first freeze. I’m ready to curl up on the sofa, good book in hand, my quilt tucked around my toes, and a crackling fire in the grate. However, this year, I’m just a little sad that the season is almost over, and I wonder why.
Is it because the weather was so much better than in years past?
Or, could it be that we tackled several projects in the garden, some of which we didn’t finish until late summer? Am I wanting to spend more time out there enjoying what we accomplished?
Or, rather, is it because of all of you?
I vote for number three. When I started this blog a year ago, I had no idea where the journey would take me. I didn’t realize how many friends I would make, and how much more I would learn about gardening.
You have strengthened me, cheered me and challenged me when I needed it. For that, I want to thank you.
Now, I’m asking for your help. I need a name for my garden. Naming the garden isn’t ostentatious. It’s a must when it’s often your subject. I can’t keep referring to it as “It”. Since you are all so brilliant, I’m sponsoring a contest creatively called, “Name that Garden.” (Sometimes, I crack myself up.)
This contest is completely subjective as in I will pick the winner. Since this is a serious blog changing contest, I bet you’re wondering, what does the winner get?
Because I’m grateful to you for helping me unlock my creativity, I’ll include a copy of Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening by Fran Sorin, and since I love the butterflies and bees living and loving on my little acre, you can also win a copy of Wildlife-Friendly Plants: Make Your Garden a Haven for Beneficial Insects, Amphibians and Birds, by Rosemary Creeser. Creeser gives great scientific information for each plant listed, but what I found most interesting is how a single plant can benefit so many types of wildlife from insects, to small mammals to birds.
The contest ends one week from today, and I’ll announce the winner soon thereafter. Come on, everyone, let’s play!