|On my way up to visit my favorite conservatories at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden last weekend, I passed this impressive pile of New England squashes and pumpkins. Gotta love fall!|
Raking leaves aside, we here in New England are in full, blown autumn - and it's gorgeous. It's one of my four favorite seasons, probably coming in second after winter ( I know, crazy, right?). It's true - winter just might be my favorite gardening season - mainly because of my greenhouse. I can totally see why the cold conservatories and greenhouses of the 18th and 19 centuries were so popular - their scent, their collections of plants, and their escapist environments - let's face it, there is nothing like a warm, humid greenhouse on a snowy day - all fragrant with jasmine vines, minty shrubs, forced bulbs and camellias. The same assemblage on a summer day just isn't the same.
But underglass? An entirely new season is emerging - and now that I think about it, it's an experience few people ever get to enjoy. So I encourage you to visit a well-populated proper greenhouse or conservatory at a botanic garden in October or November - just to see what I mean. The scents, the air, the feeling of coziness. It might just be what you need before the onset of the Holidays and the madness.
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