Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Last days of winter

Last days for gray winter skies,
gray sky

last days for cold frosty mornings,

last days for cool-weather vegetables,

last days for sleepy owls seeking shelter from north winds,

last days for hot apple cider,

last days for warm coats, fuzzy hats and gloves.
winter coat

I'm enjoying it while it lasts! When temperatures hit triple digits and everything's wilting this summer, what winter joys will you miss most?

Words and photos © 2009-2014 Caroline Homer for "The Shovel-Ready Garden". Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.


  1. This morning will be perfect to enjoy some hot cocoa. Maybe the last. Who knows? The 26 degrees on my thermometer was quite unexpected.

    1. Indeed! I'm glad I ran out and covered everything up last night.

  2. Frozen birdbaths this morning were a surprise! I've really enjoyed seeing my garden's bones this winter. It had been a while since the last two winters were so mild. This perspective has prompted me to edit and remove some things. It's been an exercise I have enjoyed.

    The cabbage photo is stunning :)

  3. Your little Owl looks so cute on its perch. The hot apple cider looks wonderful! I'm trying to savor the cool temps while I can. Summers can be so brutal here in South Texas. I'm definitely going to miss walking around the garden without the mosquitoes. I'm not looking forward to those returning!

  4. Right now I'm having a hard time imagining missing anything about this winter! Ask me again in 5 months.

  5. What a sweet post. Love the sleepy owl.
    We didn't have much of a winter here in SoCal. Finally got some much-needed
    rain this week. I'm sure you're anxious for the sun.
    Have a great w/end!