Some of my best thinking happens when my hands and knees are in the soil. This fall Mother Nature has given me extended time to think and reflect. As I have been hastily planting perennials during the unthinkable month of November, I have been reflecting on the year in the garden and on the farm. First of all, I am so thankful for the mild weather so I can keep planting in the gardens (though I know this will end sooner or later) but the longer I can have my garden therapy the better for everyone. So, as I have been on my planting frenzy and Thanksgiving on my mind, I thought I would share with you a few garden related thankfuls.
I am thankful for the resiliency of Johnny Jump Ups and Foxgloves. I was afraid my ruthless weeding had finally decimated the colonies of Johnny Jump Ups that use to be in my perennial garden. In fact, overhauling the garden last Fall and this Spring may have actually stirred up some dormant seeds of those sweet faced Violas because low and behold a few tidy little plants are appearing and blossoming!
As for the Foxgloves, I am both thankful and amazed as to where the young plants showed up. In hopes of putting siding on the house and a new garden design, we ripped out all the overgrown shrubs along the front of the house. This was in June. Then life got busy and the ripping out of shrubs was as far as we got. (A whole other potential blog.) Like the Johnny Jump Ups, there must have been a bunch of dormant seeds of Foxglove in that freshly churned up soil just waiting for the light of day and boy did they germinate. The amazing part is that there has not been Foxgloves in that garden for over twenty years! I love ‘em.
Especially, I am so truly thankful for all of your support that enables me to keep sharing my gardens, greenhouses, experience, and knowledge. Thank you and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!