This morning I woke up and found that there was frost on the ground in spots. Light, barely shimmering, but frost never the less. And this is the sign that my garden is done for the year. It needs a rest. And then I realized that I had not posted here in over two weeks, and worse, I really did not want to. It’s not to say that I don’tÂ ever want to post again. I do love you guys. But like my plants, I need a rest.
I think I know now why trees lose their leaves. Oh sure, those scientific types might say it has something to do with leaf senescence and days getting shorter, but I know deep down inside that the REAL reason trees lose their leaves is because they are tired.
All summer long, its work, work, work. Providing shade for this person, looking pretty for that person. And heaven forbid that you be a fruit tree and be expected to provide fruit on top of it all. I mean really, when does a tree get a break?Â So those deciduous trees, you know the ones that have figured out that all work and no sleep creates a prickly personality (which explains a lot about many evergreens), take a break and rest.
What I am saying here is that I am going to take a page from their book. I love gardening. I now work, play, eat, sleep gardening. Which is great. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t envy you gardeners that have to go to a real job every day (Sure, I get paid, but I still have a hard time believing that it is a real job). But I am a bit weary. My garden needs a rest and I need to roll it back a bit.
Last year this happened too, but I worried some of you when I just stopped. So this is my notice. This is my first frost to you. I will be back — I promise. I am planted in fertile soil after all and tended to by those who love me with tender, loving care. Â Â I might even pop my head up mid-winter if something gardening related peaks my interest. But until then, I hope you and your gardens rest well too.