Here, at the end of November, I am tired. I bet most of you growers out there are. I've heard some say they welcomed the frosts and snow (I'm not there yet!) and books, and bourbon by the fire. We had some very cold nights in Jay this month, including temps that dipped into the single digits. There was a final rush to get the bulbs into the ground before it froze, and I couldn't quite get everything I hoped to get done wrapped up. I have a better sense for the schedule for next season, and I still feel very much ahead in the game compared to last year, when we broke ground on the new farm in mid to late May. That was tough.
Anyhow, it seemed fitting to share the title of a book that can be enjoyed fireside as the chilly weather moves in. If you are planning your seed lists early, it might also have you pondering the meaning of each flower you grow. This month's newsletter giveaway is a sweet book called The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Click here for a full, and very lovely review from the New York Times. It comes with Diffenbaugh's own updated Victorian flower glossary, and I'm are you can find it at your local independent bookstore if you aren't this month's lucky subscriber. I picked up our copies at The Bookstore Plus on Main Street in Lake Placid. I hope you love it, too!
*Update: Our winner this month is Tracy Hines! Congrats, Tracy! We'll be in touch soon to get your book to you.