Hello, again!

Well, winter is finally here! Even though the days (or amount of sunlight) are getting longer, the temperature will trend downward for the next few weeks. I guess that’s ok. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, winter officially started yesterday at 9:59 AM. I’ll take their word for it.

Many ancient civilizations followed the seasons. Stonehenge in England may be the location I’m most familiar with. It’s the place with huge stones that were arranged in a circle around 3000 B.C. The monument marks the relation between the sun and the seasons. You can book your tickets here in case you’re up for a tour. Other cool spots such as Machu Picchu in Peru, Chichen Itza in Mexico, Newgrange in Ireland, and the Great Pyramids and Sphinx of Ancient Egypt, all have something to do with the seasons. Here, a little closer to home, we’ve got the Chaco Canyon in New Mexico. This is where the Ancestral Puebloan people, who were expert sky watchers, carved spiral designs into rock to track the seasons and record the passage of time. In this canyon is a petroglyph called the Sun Dagger because of the way the sun’s wedge-shape beams strike it in midday during the summer and winter solstices.

As most of you know by now, I love living in Kansas with our four distinct seasons. I’m usually ready for the next season as we close out the one we’re in. While I do like these warmer than normal temperatures, the typical cold winter temperatures that are coming always make me appreciate the warmer days of spring and summer. Typically we get to mid February and the coldest days are behind us. That's really when the days feel like they are getting longer, and I find myself spending more time outside doing all kinds of outdoor activities - gardening included.

Right now we are finishing up some late fall projects around the store, like planting the last few spring flowering bulbs, applying the final application of ferti-lome Winterizer, and even doing some weed control in turf and landscape areas. It’s not too early to start thinking about Spring 2022 gardening projects. Our new seed racks are in and this is a great time to shop for seed starting supplies as stocking stuffers. Also, don’t forget about the birds that now need high fat food and water to help get them through the winter!

If you’re looking for other last minute Christmas gift ideas, stop by. We have lots of options from gift cards, birding supplies, indoor foliage and blooming plants to even a late Christmas tree or poinsettia for those who love to shop at the last minute.

Because I was watching It’s a Wonderful Life this Christmas season, the final bit of the movie gets the nod for this week's song. Enjoy!

Your friend in the garden,

Marty Johnson
Owner - Johnson's Garden Center