Sunday, November 20, 2011

Change and Distractions

Don't know about you, but the older I get, the harder it is to accept change. The past few weeks have been a learning curve because, we finally gave in, bought a  new computer and upgraded to Windows 7.  We've gone wireless too...what a great word heh!! The wider screen took a bit of getting used to but the zippy speed, that's wonderful. I've been keeping 'her' (well she is purple :-), on the kitchen table for now, which I wouldn't say is a mistake but my eyes keep lifting to the garden. When the weather changed back to summer (yup, weather's been just so odd this fall), I did something I never do this late...I tidied up.

There are a lot of pro's and con's to fall clean up. Comparing my garden to my neighbour K's, hers suffers very little insect damage, and I must admit to being a little envious of it's "put to bed look" tidy and neat waiting for spring when she won't have any cleanup to do at all. Mine does have insect damage but over the years has bounced ahead and become quite lush. Seed heads are left for birds and winter interest;  bugs sleep waiting to plague me next year. Not cutting down the ornamental grasses gives them a better chance to survive, their crowns protected from freeze and thaw cycles. Although tempted to remove the dead tomato stalks on the back wall, imagining snow tracing their outlines stopped me. But, do I want all that work in spring?..would I be happier with a more...controlled and tidy aspect?

So this year, I have tried K's idea, just in the front beds of the veg garden, this giving me an opportunity to plant fragrant tulips, Ballerina. It felt wonderful working garden muscles again..dirt back under my fingernails, the smell of organic damp all around.

There is a change of attitude within as well.... I find myself humming Johnny Cash.."at my door, the leaves are falling". Blue sky days and bright sun show the best of reds..the dogwood trees are outstanding.

Cornus Milkyway in Autumn's Glow
The computer change feels a bit more comfortable now. Two weeks ago, it took over my every thought ..layers of lasagna garden soil which you build from the bottom up...and when it this has in my brain, it starts to make sense.


  1. So nice to see you back Bren! That dogwood colour is spectacular.. glad you're enjoying the new computer.. I just had my macbook to the 'computer doctor' and am now enjoying speed once again. I hope you also enjoy your wireless - it has been invaluable to me as I go from room to room (mainly to escape the children!) to work.. :)

  2. Glad to see you back. I think you'll end up loving your wireless. I find it nice that as we rearrange furniture and rooms that the computer can shift easily without worrying about all those cables. And now you can sit in front of the window and enjoy that great view.

  3. I find new computers and software are always a bit intimidating. Going wireless is a bit easier of an adjustment, I am sure.
    I must say that I haven't quite decided about fall cleanup/pro or con. For last two years, I left all the fallen the leaves on the flowerbeds. I did not find any ill effects, except for my peonies which developed a fungus mid-summer. So, this year I destroyed that infected foliage, but otherwise have left the beds leaf covered. I do cut down most of taller plants just to save myself work in the spring. It is nice to leave a few flower stalks for winter interest though.

  4. Sounds like you have been very busy, both inside and out! I hope you like your new computer. I LOVE having wireless ... makes it so easy to work anywhere, including outside!

  5. Wireless is great eh! Good on you for updating the computer system, and I hope that the season will not give you too much tiding of the garden again.


  6. Yay! And now for more change. I never took my two cabbages out - they are now under snow. Ah well, this year was a total bust for me in the gardening vein BUT I did get beautiful pictures of those cabbages! That was my crop. Ha! Now it is to knitting. Your yard looks yummy - good job!

  7. You'll feel so much better doing the Fall Cleanup. It's like putting everything to bed for the winter. Now you have time for other things, like meeting me for coffee. Say when? Susan :)

  8. I really don't want to be a luddite, but everything seems to be overly complicated nowadays. I really need to improve my knowledge of computers, but part of me thinks there is nothing wrong with a pencil and paper!!

  9. Greetings From Southern California

    I'm with you. The older I get the harder it is to make changes.

    Thanks for your recent visit to My Blog

    BTW, I'm not much of a gardener but I do like to plant flowers in the springtime.

    Have a Nice Day :-)