If you are looking for something garden related to do because it’s too darn cold outside to be out there, you should spend a Monday evening (9 PM est) at #gardenchat.   

#Gardenchat is a weekly meeting of gardeners that takes place on twitter.  It is really informational.  Each week there is a new topic and guest host that answers questions about the topic of the week.  Anyone can join in.  It’s fun and you meet people who love doing the same thing you do.   It’s easy to participate and Brenda of BGgarden always posts a transcript of the chat the next day.  That way if you miss any info, you can catch it then.   It’s really fun to see the enthusiasm gardeners have to share their knowledge and experiences.  Tonight was about heirloom seeds.  Chris McLaughlin of  A Suburban Farmer was the guest host. 

 The one thing I love about gardening is that there are so many different aspects of gardening to know about.  The more I learn the more I find that I want to know about.  After listening to Chris share information about heirloom seeds, I decided to order two books she has written. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Composting

 Now I will spend a few weeks out of this looong cold winter learning more about gardening and passing the time until I can get my hands dirty again.  

 The Complete Idiot's Guide to Heirloom Vegetables

Last winter, while out on a drive we came upon this wonderful tractor.

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 And what could be better than an old tractor?tractor

An old red tractor.

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Happiness is never stopping to think if you are.  ~Palmer Sondreal
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I am posting again about this fun project from last spring.

We found some vintage windows on the curb, and they inspired this entire project.  With a bit of wood found in the garage and a quick trip to Home Depot, we had the makings of a fun weekend. antique windows

 On a gorgeous day early last Spring,  myhusband  got started on building me a cold frame.. web-kk-014

First he built it,web-kk-023

 then he put on wheels so we can move it into the sun or in and out of the garage if we have a bad frost coming.  

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 Next we painted it, web-saturday-014

put the windows on with  hinges, web-saturday-245

and reused the window hardware as handles.web-saturday-236

He added a couple of heavy duty handles on the sides for lifting (you never know) web-k-002

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a great cold frame to hold all my fledgling seedlings and give them an early start.web-saturday-254

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~ All through the long winter, I dream of my garden. On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar. ~ Helen Hayes

                                

Zinnias!

ABC WednesdayCan we conceive what humanity would be if it did not know the flowers?  ~Maurice Maeterlinck

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 Gardening is something that just about anyone can do.  Children to older folks can participate and there is no right or wrong way to do it, just easier and harder. It gives us something in common with people we meet. It connects us with those that made us aware of the pleasure it can bring.  It is something we may learn from our parents or grandparents, maybe a neighbor or friend, possibly a mother in law or maybe a person at the garden center we visit. Or maybe we just learn as we go, but any way you look at it, nature calls for whatever the reason and we answer with our hard work, determination and most of all our patience. zzzz

What is it that draws us in and obsesses many?  Is it the lure of the flowers, their beauty, their fragrance?  Is it purely the personal enjoyment~a hobby?  Is it getting our hands dirty or feeling the soil as we work? w-snapdragons  

Do we actually like to sweat while standing out side with the gnats swarming us?  Maybe we like muscle pains and back aches?  Or is it the feeling of accomplishment when you stand back after a long day of swatting bugs and getting sunburned to take in the bounty of your hard work?  columbine

Having a purpose for being outdoors breathing the fresh air, growing flowers that fill our yards and vases for sheer pleasure or being one with the earth while taking in mother nature’s gifts could some it up for many.    Some garden to get food, pure and simple.  Others may like the challenge of putting order and beauty where it hadn’t existed, making  something out of nothing. Perhaps it is to see the amazing beauty and colors that Mother Nature can produce at our own hand, making us part of the grand scheme of life in tangible ways.   x

 Perhaps we garden for all of the above in some shape or form but mostly I like to think that people garden because it simply makes them happy~ for whatever the reason.ww

  So as each of us gardeners long for springtime to arrive, and we wait for sunny, warm days that don’t last long enough to do everything we hope to in the garden that day, we can ponder why  do we do it. 

 The truth is most of us would probably say it’s just… because. zinia

 

  “We come from the earth, we return to the earth, and in between we garden.”~ unknown

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I made this wreath several years ago from vintage ornaments I have collected through the years. Most of them were saved from family, some from garage sales and ebay.  They are what I always decorate my tree with, but I had so many I decided to make some of the extras into a wreath so I would be enjoying all of them.  When I bring this out of the attic, it really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. 

 

 

 ~”Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” ~ Peg Bracken.

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 Since it is another November day that’s cold outside and not fit out there for flowers, to be sure, I needed to break out the pictures.  

Thank goodness for photographs and memories, they keep me in flowers until springtime

 ~”Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson  MellowYellowMondayBadge                   

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  “Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.” ~ Michael CaineCamera Critters

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I hate to admit it but  the last couple of frosts did most of my garden in. 

There are a few random survivors,

but mostly it’s gone

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gone.

 Time to clean it all up. 

 Call it a year. 

   Live from the memories.   

Live for the possibilities of next years’ gardens.  

One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.  ~W.E. Johns

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