Tactical Withdrawal

tactical.withdrawalAs the warmth of summer
Recedes into memory
And mild autumnal days
Slip out of reach,
The garden retreats,
Tidying itself
Into piles of
‘Things to be sorted’ –
Spent flowers,
Blackened stems,
Bags of compost
To be spread.
The shortened days,
The chilly breeze,
The random showers,
The lure of warmth
And creativity
May also see
A discreet
And tactical withdrawal
Of the gardener.

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10 Responses to Tactical Withdrawal

  1. Christina says:

    I’m so surprised to read this, English gardens can have so many great plants for winter interest. I love gardens in winter!

    • Cathy says:

      Oh Christina – please don’t be misled! It was slightly tongue in cheek, as you can be sure that I will be out in the garden every day for one thing or another throughout the winter and there will always have something to admire when I do. Today was NOT, however, very conducive to going outside!

  2. rusty duck says:

    It’s getting to be a struggle now. Yesterday I was outside, but that was the first proper gardening in a week or so. I hope we get a few more days like it though, I’ve still got a lot to do!

    • Cathy says:

      Hope you get them Jessica so you can get stuck in. I find I am looking beyond the basic maintenance and half-planning new projects now – can’t sit still, that’s me!

  3. Very nice little poem. Inside is where all the lovely dreams for next year begin! Natalie 🙂

  4. It’s the time of year when I terribly resent anything that keeps me indoors on a day that is reasonably fine, still so much to do outside, and so few days on which to do them!

  5. Anna says:

    Enjoyed your poem Cathy. The best tactics over the last couple of days have definitely been to retreat although I enjoyed spending an hour or so outdoors yesterday between showers. Today was a complete non starter.

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