The December 31, 2016 overview of the garden can’t show you much detail.
How much detail can you see at a hundred feet? This old sign painter can tell you that for a person with normal eyesight, you need a three or four inch high letter for normal-sight legibility at one hundred feet. For a letter to be easily read at that distance, your letters need to be ten inches tall. Or more. Four-to-ten inches is pretty big, when it comes to “details”.
So, let’s go to ground and spend a few minutes looking at details.
A while back we had a couple of nights of real cold.
How cold? So cold that the cover crop oats laid down for good.
The last cauliflower plant struggles to survive, but is unlikely to ever make a head.
Cold can elicit color.
The chill of the changing season is coloring the kale.
Take a close look at these leaves, which are turning purple.
Underfoot at the bottom of the garden, few feet away from the coloring kale, are some fresh-looking green leaves that look unfazed by the season’s frigidity. What is it?
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Another neighbor of that kale is a plant with some spiky, otherworldly seedpods.
What the heck?
It’s jimsonweed. Datura stramonium. A volunteer. Each year, there’s usually at least one of these that pops up somewhere in the garden. It’s a plant of many names. Thorn Apple. Or Devil’s Snare. Or hell’s bells, devil’s trumpet, devil’s weed, “tolguacha”, Jamestown weed, stinkweed, locoweed, pricklyburr, or devil’s cucumber. Don’t eat it.
Amongst the fading greens, and the blacks and the browns and the tans and the russets, are a few bursts of color.
Near the plant from which it fell, its insides long gone, the skin of a tomato lingers.
Today is January 2, 2017.
Tomorrow there will be 52 seconds more daylight than today.