A Season of Lights

A twilight Winter's sky just before Christmas, looking down Henry Street

Henry Street, Dublin at Christmas

I adore Winter.  In Dublin we live farther North than you'd expect, at about the same latitude as Edmonton, Alberta.  So in the Winter the sun sits very low in the sky.  The winter light is absolutely beautiful.

The sun sets in a winter sky. Looking across Dublin Bay from Bayside.

As much as I love gardening, it is a great time to sit back and enjoy how everything has died back.  Its the one time of the year I actually get to see through to the back wall!

Although the garden might look barren, there is so much going on under the surface.  The tulips are already shooting up, along with narcissi shoots and the snowdrops I planted this past Autumn are in (early) bloom.
Snowdrops, the first sign of coming Spring, are now budding & in bloom 

Even the mixed lettuce I over-optimistically planted last Autumn has survived, so far.
Mixed lettuce surviving through December

Winter is also a fantastic time to plan what's going to be planted the following Spring.  I haven't quite gotten there yet but am finalising the infrastructure changes I'd like to make in the garden this winter. Namely, drilling into the back cement wall to hang trellising for clematis and other climbers.  I also need to repaint the wrought iron garden furniture. But there will be time for that.  For now, its a great time to simply revel in the beauty winter brings us, and the lights shining in the darkness. And look forward to the colour coming with Spring. 

A waxing crescent moon rises over Temple Bar

Beannachtaí an tSéasúir, gach duine! 


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