|Halloween at our house, 2010.|
|Wild strawberries in our garden, Oct. 30, 2010.|
This morning I took a tour of our backyard and discovered a few ripe Alpine strawberries tucked in a corner of the garden. When I looked up into the trees, I realized that the lemon and avocado trees are just starting to bear fruit. Meanwhile, the Christmas decorations hit Big Lots last week.
Growing up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, this was the time we'd begin to put our garden to bed for the winter. In Southern California, there's no time to rest from the sometimes-weary, always-rewarding work of gardening.