Putting the Garden to Sleep

Just like the grizzly bear, it is time for the garden to hibernate and find rest through the fall/winter storing up its energy to stretch and bloom profusely in the spring.

We’ve had such freezing temperatures overnight with a low of 40F and a high of 60F during the day. It has wreaked havoc on the garden and the flowers have showed signs of distress and bowed heads as if they, too, are acknowledging that their cycle is complete and it is time for much needed rest.

I spent Saturday ripping out the annuals, cutting back some perennials, and trimming those in need of a “haircut”. When all was finished, I stood back in sadness. It looked as empty as Old Mother Hubbard’s cupboard. And yet at the same time, it offered me a sense of relief–Like the plants, I need rest from my labors to regenerate the energy needed come spring.

But alas, like some children, I have a few blooms who are unwilling to go to bed and fight to stay awake….

Surprisingly my roses continue to bloom with splendor:

Balloon flower:

Licorice plant:

Hibiscus “Rose of Sharon”:

A few floxglove:

And Chrysanthemums:

But even these will soon come to an end. So goodnight my precious garden. Sweet dreams….

About Jen

Jen is owner, author, and creative mind behind Bakerette. Jen eats a vegan diet and recently converted Bakerette to a plant-based website that offers a smattering of healthful recipes! Jen is author of the cookbook Festive Feasts: Meals and Memories from Halloween to Christmas, which can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


  1. It’s always hard to say goodbye to those last few blooms. Sigh. At least you got your garden put away for the season. Mine is still a mess of sticks and leaves!

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