Welcome to the 16th installment of the "Garden Lessons Learned" meme. This meme celebrates lessons we've learned in our gardens and nature during the past season. Has it been a strange one for you?
It certainly has been a weird winter for the Midwest and Eastern states in North America. Flexibility and patience are two attributes we need in spades these days. What lessons did you learn this season?
Here are a few of my "notes to self":
- Don't count on having a mild winter, even if it starts out that way. When December was mild, and January was "normal," I figured February would be mild or normal. Not so much. Good thing I'd planned to be away for the worst of it.
- Spending the end of winter in a warm climate is fabulous--much more wonderful than I'd even imagined. But I'm finding myself empathizing and worrying more about friends and family back in the brutal cold. It's still enjoyable, but I wish everyone else could be here in Florida with me.
- Think about cultivating more potted plants to bring indoors into the sunroom during the winter. I keep adding more each year. The cool sunroom seems the perfect environment for plants that prefer a sunny, cool, but not freezing winter. I think I need to add some shelves to a corner in that room.
- Mosses and lichens are fun to photograph during the winter--if you can find them under the snow. There's something about these "mixed media," "fire and ice" scenes that captivates me. Now if I can only keep my fingertips warm enough...
What did you learn this season? If you're in the Northern Hemisphere, how was your winter? For those in the Southern Hemisphere, did you have a successful summer garden? Please share your lessons!
As always, please write a post or share one you've already written about your "Lessons Learned" during the past season. Then share your links or simple observations in the comments. I'll keep this post up for a few days, and it will be available always under the "Lessons Learned" tab at the top of this blog.
Please also join in Donna's Seasonal Celebrations at Gardens Eye View! Feel free to join in with a post that fits both memes, or separate posts for one or both of them.
And remember, the next season is just around the corner (for those who are looking forward to it).