As the growing season of 2023 comes to a close, we scroll through the memories of the seasons fleeting moments of success and abundance as the morning frost gathers on our windows. The sound of hunting rifles echo through the crisp autumn air, tools get gathered and stored... replaced only by the rake, ice scraper and snow shovels that winter will put to the test. Wood gets split and stacked, tarps get folded, beds get amended and holiday trimmings are gathered. The ground hardens at the crust as we dig out the dahlia tubers for storage and plant a slew of tulips, daffodils, irises, crocuses and more garlic of course along with a trial of oriental poppies and some choice daylilies. Already planting optimism for the year ahead as we give thanks for the remainder of the current one.
Our bees thrived and then struggled midway through the season when we observed them becoming queenless... after a little patience they reared a new queen and started to thrive again in the late season but we shall see if that speedbump dampens the chances of them making it through the winter.