Time to start hunkering down… the evenings are chilly, the light has changed.  The saturated patches of sun that spill across the room in late afternoon drench everything they touch with a golden light so unique to this season.

Over the last several weeks I’ve stowed away the fugitives of my summer garden and brought indoors some of what the fall landscape offers.  The remaining hydrangea blossoms are at their jewel tone peak. Rosemary sprigs and ripening quince are as fragrant as a candle shop.  Seeds are collected in the potting shed, little bits of summer tucked throughout the house in every sill and nook that can house an overwintering guest.  A few impatients, a tiny marigold, the promising geranium that hangs from the basement rafter, the cuttings of my grandfather’s fig tree  – they will accompany me through short days and long nights.  My prolific jasmine, the passion flowers and fuchsias are acclimating, and so am I.  I will watch them carefully and already I’m rewarded with a few more buds and tiny flowers, all more precious now that summer’s riotous display has come to an end.

Outside, vines and herbs are dug in to be protected by the earth’s insulation, the fig bundled up for another winter.  A few more seeds to collect, a lot more leaves to rake. All will be done.  Together my survivors and I will battle back the dark winter and as the frost begins to etch the windows, a small flower is certain to unfurl.

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3 Comments to Overwinter

  1. Sue's Gravatar Sue
    December 1, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    I have always been a little envious of gardens like yours,a lovely adventure every time i wander through. In my younger days, i dreaded this season for the beginnings of the long winter to come. But now, that small flower reminds me to keep hope alive, and to look for the beauty each day brings. Thanks for the reminder today!

  2. Maria's Gravatar Maria
    December 15, 2010 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    My potted garden brings me so much pleasure in the Summertime. I find myself often taking a peak to enjoy all the colours and wonderful scents.

    I love to feel as though I live outdoors in nature so in the Fall my geraniums join me indoors to happily blossom throughout the long Winter months!
    One of my geraniums has amazingly survived about 6 Winters now, growing huge and still gorgeous!

    Enjoy your Winter garden!

  3. Dawn's Gravatar Dawn
    December 17, 2010 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    I bring the majority of my potted herbs in to overwinter, as well, grouping as many as possible in front of each window. Everyone who survives the winter indoors goes back outside in the spring, after the frosts have passed. Sometimes the herbs compete for space with an orchid or two, but I’ve had to declare a moritorium on the orchid growing in the last couple of years. The Budweiser can repurposed into a pot for the Marigold is cute! :^)