It’s beginning to get colder here in Toronto and soon .. the snow that falls will stay on the ground for days or a week at a time, or perhaps like last year it might stay for months!
As I was just saying on my gardening blog, my plants have finally realized that winter is just about here and have reluctantly gone into dormancy.
There are still a few roses clinging stubbornly to their stems, but they are dead … unlike the rose below which was very much alive and happily blooming in August.
Chicago Peace produced such lovely roses all summer. It’s a shame that I won’t see another rose from this plant until next May or June … but it’s worth the wait.
I think that as a Northern gardener I appreciate my garden all the more in the spring, summer and early fall because I know there will be several months during the winter when all I’ll see will be the white of snow, gray skies … no green leaves or grasses, no colorful flowers, no scent of rose perfume, lavender, beebalm or jasmine … no garden to sit in with my laptop or a good book.
I’m resigned to winter’s arrival, but secretly I’m already longing for spring.