When I am in my garden
on a cold January day and notice few geraniums who are poking their heads through the mulch (as that flower type is doing in the photo directly above) that was put there to protect them during a cold winter days, I think of some lines from a The Rose
, a song written by Amanda McBroome
Her song was made popular by Bette Midler
and the lyrics I'm thinking of go like this, "...just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snow, lies the seed that with the sun's love, in the spring becomes the rose."
In this instance, my geraniums weren't lying beneath the bitter snow (although they were doing that last month
), they are lying beneath layers of mulch put in their container when iI did my annual garden winterizing
Garden winterizing is a task I've done for over ten years. My flora has truly rewarded me by flourishing and this includes my geraniums that I've had for years and who can be seen during warmer times in the next picture.
This process is well worth the effort and the procedure of doing and it is included in volume two
The goal of these books is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. Set in a rooftop urban garden (mine) in New York City
, my story is told in the voice of Cam, a female cardinal
, who visits it. Words In Our Beak
is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, as well as gardens and want to learn about them from a unique perspective.
Protecting flora is not the only thing to be gained by winterizing, a number of bird types have taken advantage of the materials used in the process as a way of keeping warm (as you may surmise from the following photo-ops of American robins
(who are included in volume three of my series)...
... and Mourning doves
(who are featured in volume one of my book series) spending time in my winterized containers.
Since birding as well as gardening have grown more popular during the coronavirus
(due to consequences of lockdowns) these books are great to have on hand for those who can't go out and about. Moreover, you might want to consider giving my book series as a gift for Valentine's Day,
a holiday which will be here in less than one month.
And if you want to send a Valentine's Day card
to your true love, I have a number of bird-themed ones, including a couple of selections that feature Mourning doves as seen below.
By the way, FAA can also render the images on to an array of surfaces; including acrylic...
...special art paper...
...as well as wood...
... for varying sizes of wall art. Moreover, Fine Art America also offers framed images of my collections.
Just a quick reminder, Valentine's Day is less than one month away, so if you would like to get these items or my book series for your true love, consider acting quickly to avoid delays caused by shipping.
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