Bear in a cave

Rosa 'All Ablaze' blazes cherry red in Burke Brothers' Tuscany exhibit, accenting classic Italian elements with bright flowers. (Ron Tarver / Staff photographer)

Getting used to the cold! Brushing snow off the car this morning in 28-degree weather with no hat or coat! and it felt great. Thus it feels way too early to be getting catalogues in the mail every day and emails touting seed sales and new perennials for 2010. I'm thinking of redoing parts of my garden to grow more vegetables this year and to try and regain control of what's become an unruly mess. A kind friend in the landscaping business tells me this is normal for a five-year-old garden. Every five years the garden needs parts of it redesigned. If you were the suspicious type, you'd think he's angling for some business. But he's a good guy and I believe him. Plus it makes me feel a lot better because yes, it's probably normal for a five-year-old garden to need tweaking, especially - my case - one whose owner has been messing with it for all that time. Misplaced plants, plants that didn't thrive, plants that turned out to be way too tall or full for the spot they're in, plants overtaken by small trees, plants too susceptible to disease... Not all of this was my fault but some of it was. Darn. It looked so nice for the first two or three years! So I do need to get in gear. Why do I feel like a bear in a cave pushing the first light of day away?