The stockings were hung by the chimney with care. They held items all gardeners wish for: gloves, kneeling pads, pruners or new work boots.
Grams and Pop were ready for a long winter’s nap, for they had worked an extra month due to the mild fall weather. Gardens required attention, and grass needed to be cut until early December. Wow!
Out on the lawn there arose such a clatter. I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Out on the lawn were five young deer using their tongues to steal all the seeds from the bird feeder. Just behind the deer was the squirrel waiting this turn at the feeder. (Memo to me: Get a new bird feeder that closes up when heavy pests appear.)
The deer will soon be “pruning” your evergreen yews when there is nothing green left to eat. We gardeners know that we should not prune when the wood of the shrub is frozen, but cutting evergreen branches for Christmas decorations is allowed. You can also use preserved hydrangea blossoms or red twig dogwood branches to put in urns and flower boxes.
While Santa is dressed in fur from head to toe, we gardeners are wearing boots, scarves and jeans that have seen better days, and jackets that are looking worse from wear with smudges of oil, dirt and grease.
This gardener wants to return to that long winter’s nap, and when she awakens and when time allows, she plans to use many days looking at the seed catalogs that have arrived in the mail.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.