I can be a rather lazy winter gardener, opting to stay inside with garden books and magazines instead of doing that tedious side work - raking leaves and pulling any stray weeds - that I know would make spring preparation so much easier. It is for that reason that a late winter stroll through the garden stirs a mix of anticipation and loathing. Although I spy early crocus or the beginnings of Hyacinth bulbs that will eventually perfume the air with their sweet scent, it's all that promise that highlights the drab ravages of winter that have dominated the garden for several months. Now is when I must dig deep, sometimes literally, and find the signs of life the garden still holds.
Brussels sprouts overwintered and have become quite monstrous. I'm embarrassed to admit I haven't been very diligent (again, lazy winter gardener) in harvesting these miniature leafy buds. They're a great source of vitamins A and C, as well as folic acid.
Sedum 'Autumn Joy' is already crowning. These tiny florettes heave up around dry stalks of the previous year's growth. By leaving the plant through the winter, I maintain a bit of sculptural beauty in the garden and again escape some of my duties. I'll likely remove the dried sticks in a couple weeks, or when they're just too raggedy to look at anymore.of
The naked truth of winter gardening. And this was AFTER I cleaned up this bulb bed. Here is where I must turn to summer photos to remind me of all this little spot has to offer!