Let Autumn Linger

Owning a shop that celebrates each season always has me planning months ahead.   With Thanksgiving barely over, we start the annual transformation of our botanical boutique into a Winter Wonderland.   It gives me a twinge of regret about rushing Autumn; a season that should be savoured.   Though “kitten-frost” is imminent, there are many, many weeks before deep frost begins.    Kitten frost usually happens shortly after Thanksgiving and is just enough to make summer annuals do their final droop.  This initial frost hastens the burnishing of the deciduous trees that make our province one of the most beautiful places in the world particularly at this time of the year.   

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We may need to bundle up with an extra layer or two, but we still have weeks to enjoy time in the garden.   This year the seasonal shift is late.   Our gardening crews will still be planting for a few weeks more; planting perennials, shrubs and trees to improve fall and winter succession of bloom.   We plant bulbs for early spring succession until the last of the leaves drop.  It is usually mid-November before the soil no longer allows easy digging.      We refuse to put gardens to bed until late October and early November.  With my own garden ablaze with the colour of a Coral Bark Japanese Maple, dwarf pin oaks shifting to russet, exuberant QuickFire Hydrangeas, still vibrant Rozanne Coral Bells and amazing grasses swaying in the breeze; this is not a season to be rushed.  

It is also time to nudge yourself outdoors even though it is cooler.   Enjoy walks or bike rides in the neighbourhood. Or a road trip to witness children cavorting in pumpkin patches and an astounding transformation; from October’s copper, scarlet and gold to the starker, austere beauty that November brings.   Back indoors at the end of each day, it is time for all things Hygge: cozy fall sweaters, plaid shirts, warm slippers, homemade soups and tons of candles aglow.    

Slowing down to savour the Harvest season has inspired many workshops for the next few weeks at Kate’s Garden.    Check out our Thanksgiving to New Year’s Workshops.

I personally plan to use these next few weeks to actually enjoy the process of getting Holiday ready.

  In addition to our dozens and dozens of autumn and holiday workshops, our Kate’s Garden team will decorate the exterior and provide the fresh indoor blooms for two homes on the Stouffville Home for Christmas House Tour. 

On November 11th, Kate’s Garden will have two booths at the Celebration of Hope, the 29th Annual Luncheon at the Hilton Suites.  It is a major Breast Cancer fundraiser and (link) a not-to-be missed event.  If you do not have tickets yet, contact Catherine Ortiz at cortiz@msh.on.ca.    In addition to our Christmas booth, we will sell Sprucewood Cookies (link) in the new food area.  Sprucewood is famous for their scrumptious savoury and sweet shortbreads; baked in Cobourg.  

We will also provide a showcase booth at the Seasons Christmas Show which takes place at the International Centre from November 16th to November 18th.   It is a HUGE Christmas show where my staff and I offer daily Holiday Flower Arranging and Christmas Decorating Demos on the main stage.  It is an amazing place to stock up on artisanal Christmas gifts and fabulous home-made Christmas treats.