I need a reality check because I garden in southern California where the sunshine is abundant and the weather is ideal for year round gardening.
I know this is not the case for many of my cold climate gardening friends around the country and abroad, so I want to hear from you, especially you obsessive gardeners!
This is a typical "winter garden" in my neighborhood. The trees may be naked, but there is still a lot going on in this Los Angeles garden.
What do you do in the winter when your garden slips into its yearly coma?
I can't imagine what it must be like waiting for the garden to wake up in the spring.
Gardening is what I do for a living, I'm an Eden Maker!
So how do you get your "gardening fix" when you can't garden?
Do you feel down or blue when the weather cools, or do you embrace the change and enjoy the down time with another favorite activity?
Do you forget about gardening all together?
Do you continue blogging about your garden or find yourself writing about other things during these cold months?
Do you visit warm-climate gardening sites and drool at the photos and daydream about spring?
Shirley Bovshow video on "Creating a Garden Vignette For Your Patio" during the cold season
I often appear on national television talk shows during the winter months and it's not easy being relevant to everyone when I'm soaking in the sun and others are drenched in snow and rain!
So during these months, I read lots of gardening blogs, especially those from gardeners who live in harsher winter areas than I do.
I can't afford to be out of touch with "gardening reality!"
If it weren't for garden bloggers, like Kathy Purdy of Cold Climate Gardening in New York, how could I answer questions such as, "How Do I Over- Winter Hardy Plants in the Containers?".
I read in Mr.McGregor's Daughter that the weather in her part of Illinois went from 71-degrees one day, to a cool 36-degrees the next week.
Talk about bi-polar weather!
Never mind that it was 95 degrees today in Los Angeles.
We don't all live in "la la land," so does it annoy you to hear about "those sunny gardens" when you are underneath a blanket of snow?
Or, does it inspire you for the next gardening season?