Fall is not my favourite time of year, in fact it is probably my least favourite season here in Canada. (Almost) everything in my gardens is dying off and there is a distinct chill in the air hinting at the winter weather that is lurking around the corner. There are a (measly) few things however that I do like about the season. On my list of the best things about fall are…
warm, fuzzy sweaters
boots, especially the little, lightweight ones (booties) that go with every outfit
glorious splashes of orange, yellow and red provided by the leaves in the otherwise drab landscape
the roses in the gardens that just don’t want to give it up
‘Tis the season, my freelance writing season, as Gardens4u is now officially closed for the winter…
Although this past spring and summer were wet and cool, our summer was extended recently with the most marvelous fall weather. Unfortunately, that has come to an end, and reality is settling in.
Now my other interests are able to take over, with a growing list (I am a list person for sure) of the things I hope to accomplish this winter…
reconnect with my freelance writing contacts.
finish the quilt I started for my grandson last winter.
start and finish a quilt for my granddaughter.
make nursery curtains for my new granddaughter due to arrive the end of February.
clean out the few remaining closets I did not get to the past few winters.
reorganize the walk-in closet in our master bedroom.
post more frequently on this and my other blogs: WOW and LOL
spend more time with my grandson and granddaughter (and their parents).
visit with friends I never seem to find the time to visit during the gardening season.
read more books. If anyone has suggestions for a good read, please let me know!
clean my house. Although most people do their spring cleaning in the spring, I do mine in the winter (silly me) so when spring arrives I can get out and enjoy my favourite season.
update my business website, adding pictures from this past season. Be sure to check them out and add your comments!
exercise. Planks are my favourite exercise for maintaining muscle tone. Without gardening to keep me in shape I have to work extra hard in the winter to keep pounds from creeping up on my bathroom scale.
Phew, with that list I should be busy until spring when I can start a new garden season!
Yesterday, as we drove from Ottawa to our cottage In Ompah, Ontario we hit several snow squalls. We drove through sunny skies and storm clouds and snow squalls. The first squall hit us in Carleton Place…
When we reached the cottage, the lawn and trees were snow covered and the island offshore was barely visible…
then, a mere ten minutes later, the sun was out again…
These pictures of various coleus plants were taken in a client’s garden. They were planted to fill in bare spots between perennials and are quite striking at this time of year, brightening up shady spots in gardens. Their leaves look like red velvet with splashes of green The coleus are annuals that will die off when frost hits so new ones must be planted each season. Coleus prefer shade, but will tolerate some, but not full sun.
I do not usually plant annuals to my gardens each season, preferring to use them in containers only. After seeing the display these coleus put on each season however, I decided to try some in my garden this season. They do not look as beautiful as these ones do, but are still nice pops of colour in my garden. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?
I am sad to report, GARDENS4U is closed for the season. This week I will be adding evergreen boughs to the planters on my front step and in front of my garage. Let me know if you would like me to do the same for you here in Kanata. Follow this link EVERGREEN to view pictures of ones I made up last year.
Next month I will be selling beautiful Christmas centerpieces in December here in Kanata. These arrangements have amaryllis bulbs as their focal point and make a unique gift for your mother, mother-in-law, neighbour, hostess, etc. The amaryllis bulbs have been forced to bloom during the Christmas holiday season. This picture is from last years batch: