It is THAT time of year again. The leaves on the trees are showing us their awesome colors.
They are also starting to drop their leaves on the ground. Time to break out the rakes and leaf blowers.
We've also seen the beautiful Autumn moon in full.
But around my house it is also time to get the yard prepared for winter.
My mother's wooden table and chair will be brought into the garage to preserve it from the cold and snow. The hose will be wound up and put in the garage as well.
My bike will be brought to the basement and the mower will be winterized. The latter will please my husband to no end I'm sure!
The planters will be emptied. The Cannas will be dug up. Some of the plants will be cut down.
Around my house it is also time for the annual
"Meeting of the Gnomes"!
along with all of the yard ornaments that are to be packed away,
there are also several gnomes that will go into hiding from the cold and bitter winds.
I suppose, as usual, they will be discussing this past summers garden.
You know, did she water enough, did she plant that in the right spot?
And what about that toad? Did she take good care of him?
All that I can say is that this summer was one of my better one's. And if I must defend myself, I will say that I planted several new perennials. All of which seem to be doing well.
This is my mini Pine Tree. I love Conifers!
I can't wait to put a little string of battery operated lights and some cute little ornaments on it.
When I mention this, my husband just shakes his head at me!
I honestly think that this annual ritual of winterizing our gardens would make many people sad. And as pretty as our yard looked this year (it improves year after year) I sort of look forward to it.
I love fall and I love winter. Granted February seems to drag on a bit for me but all in all I can say with honesty that I love each season. Watching the subtle and not so subtle changes still, after all these years, excites me.
Autumn being my favorite season because of the smells and colors. The cooler temperatures and the tasty Autumn treats.
And my most favorite, Thanksgiving. My favorite holiday.
Family gathering to share good food, fellowship, hugs and love.
Winter with it's uncanny silence. Glistening snow. Cozy nights snuggling with a warm blanket, glowing fire and a good book.
Oh and don't forget the hot chocolate with marshmallows please!
And then there is Spring. Filled with new life and hope. The smell of fresh dirt after a good rain and as always seeing that very first green bloom.
Summer brings to mind tasty B.B.Q.'d food. Drinking beer with my husband while playing board games in the yard. Planning out that years garden and the excitement of seeing the blooms and fruits of our labor.
I sure do hope that my garden Gnomes thought I did a good job this year. Our yard may be tiny but it is magical to us.
I suspect the Gnomes have helped some with that!
So what about you? Are you preparing your space for winter yet?
Do you look forward to winter?
Do you have Gnomes too?