Planting bulbs and saving seeds: a promise for next year
Summer is officially over. Fall temperatures have plummeted. What ever was still in the garden was harvested before the first frost. And we took the time to be grateful, one last time, for the abundance that we were blessed with this year. The potager is almost ready for its winter rest, but I still have some bulbs to plant before the ground officially freezes.
Becoming a gardener made me understand the blessings that come with winter. Like the abundance of seeds to collect when the plants die back and the flower bulbs that need a prolonged period of cold temperatures to trigger the bio-chemical process that initiate root growth. Tulips, daffodils and crocus are good examples of plants that requirer cold weather to produce beautiful flowers in the spring.
By the end of winter, gardeners I listen to talk about the nostalgia of not being surrounded by growing things and how they miss their gardens. It's almost like they are deprived of something essential. They can't wait to see the first signs of vegetation as the ground starts to thaw.