Nap Time

For the avid gardner, the fall and the impending winter are, quite frankly, deflating times of the year. The technicolored fall flurries showcase autumn’s grace, but the reality is that fall means the herbaceous perennials and annuals prepare to slumber- eliciting the inevitable emotion of grief. I am perfectly aware of the the cycle of life and “death.” The falling foliage and perennial remnants decay into the soil creating the environment of a stronger prodigy for the succeeding growing year. But grief remains.

This particular spring and summer were especially brutal for the well intentioned gardner. The heat and drought started early this year. My home garden and community garden plots transitioned from a labor of love into strictly speaking, labor. Despite my good intentions, I lost the cucumber wars; I was squashed by my squash; and I was poo-pooed by my peas. Though the sky has turned grey, this time of year is almost a respite. A brief retreat from the battles of heat, humidity, and mosquitoes. Most garden blogs that I’ve come across expound on the successes of the writer. And quite frankly, expert advice on how to make gardening endeavors a success is worthwhile. But equally worthwhile is sharing the failures. It shows we are not perfect, no matter how hard we try. We all nurture in one way or another, but sometimes we fail to produce the desired effect.

Though fall is upon us, and winter is not far behind, the short lived days and cold nights beg the gardener to rest, reflect, and plan for next year’s battles.


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