You know…that impending onslaught of postings in the very near future on the general topic of thankfulness (not that there’s anything wrong with that!), and instead post a few bits about gratitude in the garden. A cooking class last weekend whet my appetite for that grand American holiday approaching in a mere fortnight. That would be “Thanksgiving”, or as it’s known in more sophisticated circles, “Turkey Day”.
Now it’s more than a mere holiday celebrating a large and top-heavy bird: there are potatoes, dressings, gravy, and homemade rolls to be feted as well. If, in the midst of all this artery busting fare, one finds the strength to count blessings, so much the better. All whilst watching your team lose the big game on the telly.
I prefer to sidestep the stomachache, this week at least, and sing the praises of a few of my favorite gardening things. Not out loud, you’ll be relieved to hear (my alto isn’t that impressive, just ask the church choir director). I’ll keep it short, you have a Thanksgiving menu to plan.
I am thankful for:
1. felcos (I have number 10). Thank goodness for the Swiss and their national fetish for precision. If you haven’t tried a pair of quality pruners like these, you’re probably missing the tips of a few fingers, like me. I finally made the investment and haven’t regretted it.
2. compost. If you don’t understand the science behind it, just think of it as a magic soil additive. Improves silt, clay, sand, and everything in between. Improved a soil so infertile, it blew around like an Oklahoma dust bowl under a spruce tree at my house. Now the “dust bowl” is home to a small sun and drought tolerant garden. Thank you decomposed clippings, thank you!!
3. ornamental grasses, bergenias, and viburnums. Easy, gorgeous all-arounders at my (former) place. Not glamorous enough to win the crown, but gets the Miss Congeniality award. I planted them everywhere, all around the yard. No regrets. I do have to spray the bergenias and viburnums with,
4. plantskydd. Keeps those pesky, gigantic deer cousins at bay. If you garden in Alaska, moose damage is a fact of life.
5. other gardeners. The wit and wisdom of my fellow gardeners is inspiring! The local Master Gardeners have been having some great programs and tours the last few years. A great way for me to meet new people that know their stuff.
What garden products/plants/resources make you grateful?