November 8, 2009. There is a certain air of relaxation that accompanies fall gardening, especially when done on a warm fall day. A killing frost finally hit my south-central Connecticut gardens when early morning temperatures fell into the high 20’s during the early morning hours of November 7 … uncharacteristically late for a killing frost as one usually hits here before Halloween. Earlier light frosts finished off the tender annuals, and now the lower temperatures finally nipped the high-reaching cosmos blossoms and turned the hydrangea leaves from their handsome green and purple tones to a less attractive wilted brown. I’m glad I caught photos of these earlier. A few lower growing salvia and lavender blossoms linger still, but for the most part all flowers are done for the season. It’s time to look toward spring. I took advantage of today’s sunshine and warmth to dig up, thin, and replant a bed of narcissi . The bulbs had been in place for nearly 10 years, and the number of blossoms they produced had started to decline. I gently sunk a garden fork around the perimeter to loosen the soil, then slowly moved the fork deeper until I could pry the bulbs up between the tines of the fork. Carefully prying the bulbs up through loosened soil allows you to free them with minimal damage. Once I was sure all the bulbs were out, I expanded the bed and added compost to the new planting hole. I gently teased any bulb masses apart so as not to damage the roots, then sunk the bulbs into the fresh, soft soil, keeping each about 2-3 inches apart. With 3 to 4 inches of soil shoveled over the top, and a good watering, the new bed – twice the size of the old one – was ready accept periwinkle and columbine plants in the top levels of the soil. So how is this relaxing? I had the sun on my back, the sounds of birds in the air, and as I placed each bulb into its new home, I imagined the blossoms that will great me in the spring.