You Know It's Winter When...
A very chilly Stourhead, yesterday morning
You know it's winter when...
- The TV and radio are full of talk about the state of betting on whether there'll be a white Christmas this year
- There's the lightest dusting of snow and the traffic is in chaos (yes I know there's much worse around at the moment, but you know we're not truly geared up for it like our continental and north American cousins are)
- The local garden centre brings in a couple of real reindeer for its Santa grotto
- It might be the shortest day of the year, but search very carefully in the garden and the first tiny shoots of next year's daffodils can just be seen :)
- You can't get the lid off the compost bin because it's frozen solid
- You're still behind with all your gardening jobs
- However, garden reality is rapidly being replaced by dreams of garden and allotment perfection next year
- You're not at all worried by any garden pests and diseases
- You're giving everyone a jar of pickles, chutney or jam for Christmas because you realise you can't eat it all before next year's preserving marathon commences
- You're really pleased with the free Christmas wreath/ garland/decorations (select which ones apply) you've made from garden trimmings
- Jack Frost is leaving the loveliest of patterns all over the garden, windows and your car (see Threadspider's recent post for an example)
- You're awake half the night because there's a robin singing on the lamppost nearest the house
- The cats are on permanent central heating duty
- The ground is too wet (or frozen) to dig - the rest of the autumn digging will have to wait until the spring
- You're proudly displaying the Cyclamen you've brought back to life for the 15th year (add the year number of your choice and replace Cyclamen with whatever traditional flowering Christmas present you're still managing to revive)
- You're happy to be out planting garlic - doing anything gardeny or growy at this time of the year is a bonus
- You realise you've forgotten to protect your tree fern (Dicksonia antarctica) for the winter (substitute frost tender plant of your choice)
- You haven't seen your neighbours for weeks
- You love curling up with your favourite garden books and loads of seed catalogues
- What else can you add to the list?