You think you have come so far as a gardener, culturing your plant palette, educating yourself on design, exposing yourself to a wide range of garden styles. And then you look out the window on a beautiful winter's day and realize you don't know squat. Two types of trees, a dumpy little cabin, a frozen lake, and a dash of snow against a blue-gray sky: solid design and no gardeners involved. Humbling.
We spent a long weekend in the valley doing all those things that people do in twenty degrees. We went cross-country skiing, ice skating, snowmachining, and built snow caves. We drank hot cider and hot chocolate by the gallon. And we watched Pollyanna and Star Trek (insert joke here).
Giving thanks is especially apropos this time of year. I don't think a short list of things I am grateful for would be out of place on the blog. Maybe some of mine will ring a bell for you, too.
I am grateful for my gardening mistakes. And for those that gently point them out. ("Just what do mean, did I hill my potatoes up?") How else am I going to learn?
I am grateful for quality garden tools and equiptment (Felco number 10, I love you!). I find I injure myself less with well maintained and well designed tools, very important for a clumsy person such as myself.
Technology. Faster internet connection (I was on dial-up for years), power point presentations, blogs, online ordering, etc.
I am grateful for a wonderful gardening community, willing to share their successes, failures, and insights. In my experience, gardeners are some of the most friendly people around.
I am grateful for my family aka my gardening enablers and laborers.
I am grateful for seasons: there is always something to look forward to and always something to be glad is over and done with.
What are you grateful for?