I’ve been in the garden today, planting bulbs. Spring will come. I was also thinking about what to write in my blog. Gardening can send me into a bit of a zen-like state if the task at hand isn’t anything too vigorous.
I would say my garden is challenging. It is on a seriously steep north facing slope and gets a lot of shade year round. At this time of year there are also a lot (zillions) of fallen leaves.
I picked these late November roses today, they are ‘Crocus Rose’ a very hardy variety and good for hedges. I don’t have a hedge but 2 of them have survived well in the wind tunnel that is our front garden.
The first year we were here I started clearing leaves at the bottom of the slope where the house is and of course the leaves at the top just blew down and it seemed a never-ending job. Now I just leave them and eventually they settle in 4 or 5 places from where I can more easily collect them. My first zen-like mantra was born. Below are others that have popped into my head over the years.
- A fallen leaf still has much to offer the soil
- There will always be a last rose of the year whether you notice it or not is up to you.
- If you can be bothered to climb the hill the view is clearer
- Even if the sun is not shining on you it will be shining on someone, somewhere.
- Not everything flourishes in full sun.
- It’s the shade that makes the light interesting.
- A firm foothold leaves the hands free
- Slippery steps need to be taken one at a time.
Okay, I’m not sure what that was about but am not going to edit. I think it’s time to start thinking about getting back to writing about writing.
2/3 of nanopoblano month done. Had I written these posts as a blog post a week that’s the equivalent of 5 months of blogging – that makes me feel much better.