I took a cue from squirrel this past week and got ready for winter for real (no, that's not a tulip bulb she's nibbling on, just a formerly frozen apple). The fall planted bulbs finally got in the ground. Working with the tulips, narcissus, alliums, iris, muscari, and garlic got me all excited for next spring and summer!
The last of the kale from the garden came in. Two days ago, after looking at the forecast for today's snowstorm, we went out and took down the caterpillar tunnel. Dealing with this task in windy, partially frozen conditions will help me remember not to procrastinate on this in future years.
I picked a lone stem of anemone from the footprint where the tunnel had stood- a real survivor given the anemones were tilled in at the end of June, the rest of the plants in the tunnel froze a month and a half ago, and I haven't tended to anything in the caterpillar for at least two months. At the end of caterpillar take down day, I pulled on my new ice skates and we went out on the pond for the inaugural skate of the season!
The real cold came that night (below 0 degrees), and the snow came the next evening to cover the frozen solid ground. Now that the chilly, dormant season has officially arrived, these gorgeous mini amaryllis are helping me get my flower fix. Welcome winter!