Time to pause and count our blessings. Small observations made as I finish tidying up for winter are among mine. A generous layer of colorful fall leaves is left on the beds to provide a bit of extra warmth for the perennials, as well as to relieve the gardner from completing all the cleanup at one time. I sweep some aside to reduce the layer and unexpectedly uncover tiny buds at the base of the fading sedum, only to carefully replace the insulating cover. Sleep tight garden… see you soon.