FROM ONE GARDENER TO ANOTHER

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“From one gardener to another,” read the note.

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I have tried in vain to find the Saffron Crocus ( Crocus sativus).   Today I arrived home  to find a box full complete with instructions…

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from a gracious & generous gardener.

I was told, when I first arrived in Georgia,  that one never says  ‘thank you’ for a plant; instead one says “I appreciate it.”

I truly appreciate it!!

These crocus bloom in the autumn and the stamens are the exquisite spice Saffron.

DECEMBER DELIGHTS

December delights, in the garden that is…..

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 The crunch of leaves under my feet, I find myself shuffling through the leaves to amplify the sound, much as my children did years ago. Living in the city we would have to go to a park to find this carpet..

I refuse to have them raked just yet. The ‘Mighty Oak’ has not yet dropped its leaves….

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so that’s my excuse, but really….too much fun!

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French Breakfast radishes from the Potager and Spicy Baby Lettuce  ready for a small salad.

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Perfuming the air is  the shrub “Wintersweet” Chimonanthus praecox.

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It always blooms for my birthday. What a gift!!

More on Wintersweet here

MAGIC OF THE GARDEN

                                                                 

 Doing repetitive chores in the Potager sets  my mind free…

                                                                         

to traveled back in time….

 another season..

“When summer gathers up her robes of glory,

And like a dream of beauty glides away.”

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THE GOLDEN SEASON

The Golden Season is upon us. The quality of light has changed and there is more than a touch of nostalgia in the air.

The weather in Georgia is still fine; the daytime temps are mild with crisp early mornings and evenings.

                                                                                              

While we cannot boast the colour changes of the northern states, there is still much to celebrate.

The early camellias are blooming……

and the salad garden is coming along….

Gardening may slow down a bit but it does not end. Still have to weed!

To see the name of the plants, hold your mouse over photos.

PIERRE, THE FRENCH GARDENER

What a great productive day in the garden. Since I am officially on the injured / reserve list, and it is such a busy time in the garden, I called for professional help; Pierre the French Gardener.

Boxwoods needed to be transplanted from the  center of the Cutting Garden…

to where they will  have more impact  right now.

I will replace them , but right now there is so much repair and replacement to do in this area that these plants won’t be missed.

Got rid of those ugly trellis structures…

and planted the garlic.

I have to say It was a pleasure to have capable hands (other than my own) tending the garden.

This a personal recommendation for which I have received no benefit. Pierre also writes a monthly newsletter at www.thefrenchgardener.net

CATCHING UP…

Where does the time go? It’s been a while since my last post.. So lets catch up……

Remember those  little tomato plants???   What they look like today…

Ripe tomatoes, blueberries, and some papery hydrangea blossoms in the kitchen.

Blueberries go immediately into the freezer on a cookie sheet then into plastic bags for…you got it…the winter

Drying hydrangeas..(.we hope) for a wreath and some topiaries for the dinning room.

Keeps the garden inside for the winter,,,did I say winter??? already? Started some preserves…..

Pear harvest…..

Pears & raisins in brandy….

                                                                                                             

Lunch…… Tomato Salad & Pesto Mayonnaise.

That’s where my time goes

PROGRESS REPORT

Remember the little tomato plants ?

                                                                                     That was then….

                                                                                             

this is now.

Flowers are starting…we will have tomatoes soon.