[gardeners] Happy Holidays to all

Rosemary Carlson (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Thu, 24 Dec 1998 18:09:55 -0500

Hi everyone: I hope everyone is immersed in the spirit of the holidays -
and is having a good one. This is the first free time I've had to write the
list in a long time - though I sure appreciate the notes I've gotten from
many of you supporting me before/during my move! 

It's Christmas here on Sugar Loaf Mountain. Yep, that's the name of the
mountain where I just built my house! A little skim of snow fell last night
- over about 2 inches of ice! So, it does, indeed look like Christmas. I
moved from Lexington to my mountain a little over a month ago. It's TAKEN a
month (I was working 70 hours a week!) to even START to get settled. I
still don't have all the boxes unpacked. The house is more or less done -
and the yard was just landscaped. I'm living in a mud pit, however, and am
trying to find a solution for that. On the Gardens list, some suggested
winter rye grass and oat straw - but I don't think I can even FIND winter
rye at this point. I'll just have to start seeding in February...and seed
and seed...and hope I have a good germination rate! Most of my land is deep
forest - but I am establishing a small yard. I hope to have lots of
woodland and shade gardens around and through that yard. The entire front
part of my front yard is forest floor but I want grass near the front
porch. Ditto for the back yard - I'd like some grass from the back deck 30
foot or so into the yard. 

Getting a yard established so my dogs don't continue to track mud in the
house is my first priority for spring. Gardens will come. Since I plan to
live here FOREVER - barring catastrophe - I have LOTS of time though I have
to educate myself on shade/woodland gardening. 

My elderly Mom and I will be here alone this holiday - though with lots of
drop-in visitors. I'm hoping for a quiet, restful holiday - to recover from
being stupid enough to move in the middle of an academic semester! 

Take heart everyone. The winter solstice is behind us and the days will now
start to get LONGER! Yea! Hope all of you have a wonderful holiday season.

Rosemary in the mountains of Eastern Ky