From Thanksgiving to Washington's birthday in February is my "season of darkness". It's dark by the time I get home from work and I can't do even little garden tasks for 5 or 10 minutes. It's not that there is much to do in the garden--it's more a mental and physical need to take in the sights and smells of a garden. So this is my time of waiting, planning and dreaming.
I did get several new shrubs planted last weekend that I had bought earlier this fall. The first is a Variegated Bush Ivy (Fatshedra Anglo Star). I'll need a larger trellis in the spring since this will grow to six feet.