I would like to wish all of my Wonderful and Gentle readers a most Merry of Christmases!! I hope your day is full of wonder, and you find plenty of seeds in your stockings and a tree full of gardening joy!
Okay, so we all know that New England and weather make strange bedfellows. Today there is a nice layer of snow on the ground, covered in a nasty layer of ice. Tonight there is supposed to be a snow/rain mix and then of course Sunday it will be close to 50°F and most all of whatever we have on the ground will surely melt. That will of course be followed by frigid temperatures so we can re-freeze and then back to warm and so on and so forth....you get the picture. So it is nice to have a little chunk of Tropical Paradise in your own home, even if that just means a tiny Spider Plant or a little cactus dish..it all is green and reminiscent of those warm Summer breezes that are a lifetime away....or so it seems at this moment. My little paradise is in my dining room. Now don't get me wrong, that room is tiny, hardly big enough for the table let alone any elaborate plant set-up, but with the help of a few nice window shelves that my Better-Half built, I can keep a few nice pots of the green stuff to get me by until veggie season comes around again. This is what I found the other day when I was in checking to see who needed a drink..... And it is not a trick of photographic angles, that lemon really is that tiny.
Well, I am off to have my shot glass full of Lemon-Ade, while I sit on the radiator. The next best thing to Summer....yeah right.
I know how lax I have been on this Blog lately. Truthfully though, there just isn't a whole lot to write about veggie gardening come December. I know that soon enough it will be time for seeds to be sown and a hint of green will lift me to tomato-y raptures. For right now....I am in a state of veggie suspended animation. I just cannot get excited about Grocery store produce,it just doesn't appeal. If you have ever bitten into a warmly juicy, luscious , fragrant and sun ripened tomato right off the vine, then you understand my dilemma when it comes to those lovely enough looking , yet tasteless and mealy store tomatoes that you might fond yourself paying an arm and a leg for. I just say NO.
So for now my gentle readers, my posting will be sporadic as I try to find excitement in my meager array of houseplants.Don't get me wrong, I adore my houseplants.....but.....there is something about a veggie garden that gets me going, and my garden is sound asleep til May. I will try to shake off my drowsy Wintry stupor as plants in my house catch eye, but posting will resume vigor come the February seed-o-rama.
For now here is a picture of the last of the Rio Grande paste tomatoes that I picked green at the end of October, and have been ripening slowly in a bag since....
And now this is what it looks like outside my door, a world away from the warm vegetable garden. We are having a round of sleet and freezing rain today....oh joy.....
Today is the first Sunday in December. My family's traditional day to go and get a tree for our Christmas. What a nice surprise for us this morning that it finally snowed a little. I love the season's first real snow, the town looks so glorious with a powder sugar dusting of snow. Maybe it will turn to rain later on like the weatherman says, but for now we are putting up our tree while a gentle snow falls, and its beginning to feel like Christmas.