We have had rain all day. Our overnight forecast calls for temps in the twenties, maybe an inch of snow. Suddenly, I am thinking about the prospect of ice in the drive, and terra cotta pots frozen to the ground before I have had a chance to bring them in. Nature can be so abrupt.
I have had no end of problems recently getting WordPress to save my drafts-much less be charitable about publishing them. This daily girl had gone to regularly intermittent. I know the heart of my computer is a stew of symbols and mathematics completely uninterested in my issues. Trying to figure out what has gone awry-maddening.
I did recognize this, and pled my case to Jonathon Hofley-his company Motor City Publishing does lots of work for me. How he managed, I have no idea-but he did get my post to publish earlier about the magnolia. Many thanks, J. All that acting out, and the threat of a precipitous change in the weather makes me want to stay on the magnolia topic.
Adversity-some say this builds character. My take-adversity defines a gardener. Poor soil, irregular water, less than perfect drainage, too much shade, less than optimal conditions, optimal conditions that still disappoint, severe weather, sun scald, insect invasions-need I say more. Every gardeners dream boat garden suffers some harsh dose of reality in one way or another. But true gardeners keep on gardening-this I am sure of.
My clients cope as I do with the coming of the cold. I try my best to warm their porches. I don’t really see my garden now; it is dark, coming and going to work. Blankets of magnolia leaves do plenty to turn away the cold. This is the closest I can get to gardening now.
Reindeer moss, bracket fungus, berry stems, birch stems and some chestnuts keep a partridge company in this wreath. It is fine to hang outdoors. Good quality double-faced satin ribbon is quite rugged and color-fast outdoors. All natural colors fade with exposure to sunlight, but this ribbon will still be bright in March. You can tell this wreath has begun to dry-the leaves are changing shape. The flat fresh leaves become curved and dimensional as they transpire.
Cut magnolia branches-they have their place. This home dating back to the 1850’s-magnolia branches seemed an appropriate material. More than appropriate-beautiful. The renovation to the house was not really finished, but no matter.