Work in progress

Jack and I just lately gave our toilet a a lot wanted facelift. With the brand new look, I made a decision to color a mural on one of many toilet partitions. I began, in fact, whereas Jack was nonetheless at work. It’s simply a lot simpler to clarify initiatives after I’ve began them as an alternative of earlier than. It was a multi-day challenge although, so earlier than Jack got here residence from work that first day, I painted an indication which stated “Work in Progress.”

I believe I want a few dozen of these indicators. I go searching the home and assume, “Yep, I might use a type of indicators right here, or there, or there.” However the place I ought to make a everlasting “work in progress” signal is within the backyard.

After I first started gardening, many years in the past, somebody advised me that the one “completed backyard is a lifeless backyard.” Fortunately, I can say that my backyard is certainly not completed!

Even now, in the course of November, as I stroll across the again backyard I’m amazed on the work in progress. Half the backyard, it appears, is already preparing for spring. English primrose, creeping blue phlox, grape hyacinth, and forget-me-nots are all placing out new progress, seemingly okay with the chilly, moist months forward. They do it yearly, so I’m assuming they’re okay with what’s to come back. For all the things there’s a season.

English yellow primrose, a present from my Mother’s backyard many years in the past, is placing forth lovely mild inexperienced crinkly leaves.

I, too, am preparing for spring, taking out lots of vegetation, corresponding to English Ivy, lenten rose and autumn fern, which have exceeded their allotted area and are crowding out different issues. I’m devoted to the thought of planting extra natives for the native pollinators so I’m pulling out aggressive, invasive vegetation that supply little use to the ecosystem, making room for vegetation that serve an environmental goal.

Grape hyacinth leaves are all prepared for spring!

I’m glad that I reside in a spot the place I can get out and backyard nearly all yr lengthy, although I, too, am conscious of the moist and chilly months forward. However in the present day the solar is superb, the sky is an indescribable blue and the air is crisp. At present, I believe I’ll hold the “work in progress” signal on the backyard gate. Higher but, I’ll hold it round my neck!

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