Nothing. Well, almost nothing

"Nothing" is what's been going on in my garden. Or is it what I've done as far as winterizing goes? Or does it refer to this blog, and what's happening here?


It's a mix of all three I'm afraid, as I've done so little outside over the past several months. As the time I have available for gardening has diminished, so has the desire to write about the garden.


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How little have I done this past year outside? Let's start with winterizing first. Here's a list of what I did:

  1. Brought non-hardy succulents and tropicals inside
Um, that's it. I didn't even touch the Musa basjoo -- I just left it to see what happens:



It appears to be self-mulching. At least I hope so. (I didn't remove a single leaf or pseudostem, just let it dissolve in the freezes)

One task I have done: I've removed hundreds of dead bamboo culms, leaving my 'Spectabilis' looking pretty crazy. Bushy growth below, long bare culms, then tufts of foliage up above:


Some of the culms have toppled over -- there must not be enough soil back there or the rhizomes were too close to the surface. Hopefully all will be remedied after a strong shooting season come April. 

Other bamboos have shown they don't need my help, like this Indocalamus tessellatus:


The main plant was killed last winter, but the smaller shoots that came up show me how far this has actually spread. It will be impressive next year, and I did nothing to it! (Except cut down the dead stuff.)

I didn't even finish the tasks I started this summer, like rebuilding the stream, nor did I even tackle the simple things...


...like cutting this ugly Chamaecyparis down. Nothing!


My lack of time has refocused me. No longer am I content with my documentation of the changes each season brings to the garden, or the sharing of a fascinating-to-me natural discovery. My temperament is running more toward the creative these days, and that means some changes. I will still post here, but not on a regular schedule. My writings will (hopefully) be more creative, my topics more varied and less self-centric. There will still be photos, and I'm hoping they will get more creative too. I'll also be doing more general creative writing and posting that somewhere else, but that's another story...

More to come soon. 

What "more" is exactly and when "soon" will arrive is to be determined.

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danger garden  – (December 17, 2018 at 10:52 AM)  

Well I'm thrilled you took the time to bring the non-hardy succulents and tropicals inside! Here's to enjoying what you are up to...

chavliness  – (December 17, 2018 at 2:18 PM)  

Here is to refocusing and embracing change. For a creative person such as yourself, that's a good thing.

Perfect Plants  – (December 18, 2018 at 1:34 PM)  

I feel the sameeee way! I have not done much this winter (or any winter for that matter) except bring the non hardys on the porch to be covered. It all grows back as usual... for the most part. Happy to know im not the only one...

Lisa  – (December 22, 2018 at 7:10 AM)  

Ah! So happy to see a post! I'm enjoying watching your creative endeavors on Instagram but I have missed your garden. I'm sure every gardener can understand where you're at though - I once abandoned my entire yard for three or four years when my family kept me so busy during the spring, summer, and fall that there was just no time to even pull a weed. Keeping the grass mowed was about all I had the time and energy for! (You'd be amazed how fast nature takes over! I know my neighbors were! haha!)

Here's looking forward to the new year, the new endeavors, and the new content you have planned! I'll keep reading!

Lisa  – (December 22, 2018 at 7:12 AM)  

I meant to mention in case any one is having the same issue as me - I cannot comment on this blog (or anyone using Blogger) using any browser except Chrome. I'm guessing it's because I have a Blogger account (haven't posted to it in YEARS) but I can't log in to comment under my own name unless I'm using Chrome.

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