On this day in January, the garden is covered by a blanket of bright white snow. Though the flowers have faded and the leaves have all fallen, there remains a beauty and a sense of peace.
After all the hustle and bustle of December, January arrives offering a slower pace. Snow days, soup days, sleepy days all seem quite acceptable on a day like this.
As much as I enjoy gardening, it's kind of nice to have a break from the lawn mowing. For now Mother Nature is giving the garden a break. A time to rest and recuperate before the next season begins.
And, though we may miss our colorful flowers and mouth watering garden produce, winter offers garden interest in a different way. Pinecones frosted by sugary snow look right at home in the winter garden.
Until the leaves fell, I had no idea a squirrel family had been born and raised atop my Sugar Maple tree.
In fact, several little bird's nests have been exposed in my winter garden. It fascinates me that while all of this housekeeping was going on, I was completely oblivious to it.
On this day in January, I'm content to enjoy a different kind of garden ~ a winter garden. I'll use this time to dream about what I want to plant in the Spring. I'll gather up my gardening books and make notes of new things to try. When Spring arrives, I'll be ready. How about you?
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