I’ll be the first to admit that my banter this winter is grating and repetitive, a broken record stuck on a particularly
whoa woe is me whine. “This winter is brutal. It’s too cold. It’s too dark! Waaa!” While I don’t believe in the notion that you can magically make everything better by begging the universe or turning on a positive face, I also don’t think it is particularly healthy to wallow in the negative side of things, especially the things we can’t change, like the weather.
Here in the north the winter has its place and purpose, and even the hardest, coldest years are valuable, necessary even. For that reason I have been making an effort to follow my whines and whinges with some positive fact.
For example, as a photographer I love the way the trees look in their barren winter state. I am grateful for the opportunity to enjoy and capture their simple shapes when they have been stripped of their summer leaves and all that remains are the bones. As a gardener, I have experienced exceptionally mild winters and exceptionally cold ones. While the mild winters make for easier living, I find that I pay for it later on in the year. Some mild winters were followed by terrible drought, plants that died because they weren’t properly protected, and a plague of insect pests that stripped me of flowers and edible bounty. This winter may be brutal, but I feel certain that it has finally killed off some foreign insect populations that had become intolerable over the last few years. Ummm, yay for freezing!?
Grow Write Guild Prompt #20: Describe winter in your garden in 5 to 10 words.
Further Notes and Questions:
- A similar exercise to this one was introduced in the fall season. To change things up, break this exercise into multiple parts: Use only negative words the first time round and only positives in your second attempt. Do the two lists together form a more balanced description of the season? Can you use these two lists to write a longer piece about your experiences with your garden in winter?
- Approach these words as a collection of descriptions, or make them work together as a short poem, or even just one well-crafted sentence.
Please Note: I will be changing the publication date of Grow Write Guild Prompts to Fridays instead of Mondays, allowing time to mull over the prompt on the weekend when many of us tend to have a bit more down time to turn our brains to such things.