Resurfacing Before The Year’s End…

Well, it appears I have fallen off the earth and disappeared completely these last few months.  First my job got so busy that it kept me from having time to keep up with the blog.  Then I lost the job and kept myself VERY busy, knitting, canning, pickling, rescuing some cats, reading about raising goats, and – of course – gardening!

Although I must find a new job soon, I have been enjoying every single second of my “temporary retirement,” as I’m calling it, and I’m grateful to have a wonderful husband who has been willing to work some extra shifts so that I could take these last couple of months to reconnect with so many of the things I love and to do things that make me happy.  It’s been a wonderful, magical vacation.  🙂

Speaking of wonderful, here it is, days before Christmas, and I still have two plants that are blooming in my garden!!!  (the fact that it’s this warm in December is scary, but nevertheless – I appreciate the flowers.)

Here is a stubborn coneflower that went through a little revival in fall and has refused to quit.  It’s holding onto that last flower and its color as long as it can, I guess!

Here’s another one that just won’t quit – Pineapple Sage.  It has long since lost its full, lush foliage and now looks really straggly and spindly, but those lovely red flowers make up for it.

I’ve been keeping my eye out for seeds, as I definitely want to grow this one again next year – such a lovely aroma and a beautiful, easy plant. Not a single seed has appeared thus far. My friend Bev suggested it might be a sterile cross and that I should attempt a branch cutting.  I had tried that a couple of months ago with no success, but Bev gave me some instructions and tips that I’m going to follow in hopes I can get it to take this time!  It’s a keeper for sure.


By the way, those straw-covered pots in the background are full of garlic, which I planted in late October and which is already starting to come up!  No!!!  I thought it wasn’t supposed to come up until next spring…I guess it’s just been too oddly warm here?  We’ll see what happens!  In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy the remaining blooms of the coneflower and pineapple sage while I get ready for THIS beauty to open:


It’s a Hellebore that I bought and planted a little over a year ago…looks like it’s getting ready to open up!

Just in time for Christmas!  I suppose that’s why they are sometimes called Lenten or Christmas Roses, huh?


8 thoughts on “Resurfacing Before The Year’s End…

  1. I was wondering where you went. Like you I was enjoying the weather and now it’s really starting to worry me. Christmas roses and Lenten roses are two different hellebores. What you have is a Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and probably one of the cultivars that blooms in the fall. They always have outward facing white flowers.

  2. I absolutely love pineapple sage too! I have mine growing in a terracotta in my kitchen near the window. It grows really well there all year long, however, I have yet to have my flower again! The hellebore is awesome! I will have to try to grow them one year. Your garlic is fine, they will sprout if it’s warm in fall / winter, and then the growth will stop during winter. In spring, it will grow again and by end of july ready to harvest! I grew garlic for the first time last year and it is absolutely amazing! You are going to love it. Are you growing hardneck or the softneck variety?

    • Mimi – that is music to my ears, about the garlic! I’m not sure what kind I planted, though…just used the garlic from our CSA, but I could probably ask the farmer what type it is. I just hope I get some scapes!

      Isn’t pineapple sage fantastic? I’ve made some branch cuttings that I’m hoping will root and I’ve also cut back the original plant and put it in the basement to overwinter. Fingers crossed!

  3. Aimee it is wonderful to see you again…sorry about the job but I can sympathize what a job can do and sometimes the blessing in losing the job and gaining your life…how wonderful to see the blooms that left my garden some months ago…here’s to a wonderful New Year…

    • Donna! Thanks so much! You are absolutely right. My job provided a good income and insurance, so I never would have left it of my own volition. But getting out of there turned out to be the best possible thing for me! I have indeed gained back my life and myself. I look forward to catching up on your site and seeing what the new year brings for you!

    • Thanks so much, Linnie! I’m glad to be back too. I have a lot of catching up to do, here and on other people’s blogs! You’d think two months of having no job would give me all kinds of time to have done exactly that, but I was strangely enjoying not using a computer much at all, which has made me very productive in other areas. Go figure! Happy to be back now though. 🙂

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