One gardener's observations, discoveries and random thoughts whilst simultaneously worshipping and dallying in a Cape Cod garden. "A garden," said Ralph Waldo Emerson, "is like those pernicious machineries which catch a man's coatskirt or his hand, and draw in his arm, his leg and his whole body to irresistable destruction."

A Frosty Morn

Here’s a look at the garden this December. It’s sort of untidy, which befits a semi-wild garden in the woods.

There was no sign of the ducks this morning, though plenty of blue jays and squirrels were rooting through the ducks’ regular feeding areas in their stead. I imagine they were hunkered down in some of the thick brush just offshore.

To be honest, I’m never really sure where they are when the water freezes that they don’t get stuck. Anyway, the pond was frozen edge to edge this morning, with our morning temperature somewhere around 31, and so it seemed that the ducks were sleeping in.

This pattern of frost really fascinated me. At first I thought I saw a humpback whale (you have to turn the image sidewise), but I then decided it looked more like some prehistoric fern. And I have an active imagination, so I was suddenly thinking of how the pond might be showing me a reflection of what grew around it in times of the dinosaur…at which point in Time glaciers had formed neither Cape Cod itself, nor this little kettle pond…and so the idea is lost.

But still…it is a cool design.

I decided to fill our window boxes with some fresh cut greens last evening, as prep
arations for the holiday get underway. This first box was easy enough, and looks great as is…though I do need to address the appearance of the box itself.


But this second box, well, as you can see…the bottom sort of dropped out of this one. Ugh. I had to leave the project incomplete to head out to work, but have it all nailed together now and “stuffed” with greens.

Tomorrow, I’ll add berries and pine cones…and maybe a few interesting sticks if any appear. I’m still undecided about ribbons or bows. The natural stuff might be enough. Although…a nice wide ribbon might cover that ugly window box until it can be painted in the spring.

Oh, and the wreathes were delivered by a sneaky delivery man this evening who managed to swoop in beneath Emily’s radar, leave the boxes on the porch, and dash back off into the darkness…so we’ll get those up soon, too.

Enjoyed this quiet spectacle on the ride home from work this evening, as the sun settled in the west. This is looking out over First Encounter Marsh, toward Cape Cod Bay.

Here’s another festive display in our neighborhood!!

Oh, and if you’re still gathering steam for the holiday season…sometimes an advent calendar can be just the thing to get it all going for you. Here’s a great online Advent Calendar, which a friend called my attention to the other day. It’s got fun animation stuff, as well as links to some Christmas memoirs and other stuff. (Thanks, Becki!)

And while we’re in a Link Frenzy…these folks will send you your very own Tumbleweed decorated for the holiday season (tho you might want to get a plain one and dress it up yourself, if the photo’s any indication…). They are, apparently, Big in Japan. (Thanks, Susan!)

And just for yuks…check out the song and dance stylings of Badgerphone here. Warning: it’s a loop, you’ll have to choose to stop listening…and by then, it may already be too late. (Thanks, Bob!!!)


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