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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Fall

It was definitely colder this morning, but by lunch time the day was picture perfect with clear blue skies and a perfect temperature. Sometime in the afternoon, while I was working in the basement of the office, heavy clouds rolled in and the temperature dropped. I don't think it will rain, however.

I need to get out to the vegetable garden and start harvesting the last of the vegetables before we get a frost or freeze. The final harvest will include peppers and tomatoes for sure. Once we get some rain, I'll start some garden clean up in earnest. Until then, I'll just relax and see how autumn unfolds.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Work Day Not a Garden Day

Well, since this is a work day and I unfortunately don't "work" in the garden, there isn't too much to report from the garden. Another beautiful, clear fall day. We could use some rain! The next chance appears to be at the end of the week, and then it is a slim chance, unless something changes.

I do like to start the day by watching A Gardener's Journal (or is it Diary) with Eric Glasner which is on when I am generally eating breakfast and reading the paper. It starts the day out with that 'continuous partial attention' that we've all become used to. Reading the paper, watching/listening to TV, while at the same time fixing breakfast and thinking about what I have to do at work that day.

I do have several unfinished projects in the garden. And, I'm not talking about the seasonal maintenance required this time of year, that's a given. I have gourds in the garage that have been drying for almost a year that are plenty dry now and ready to be turned into birdhouses, dippers, or whatever. I have a small Japanese maple in a pot that I want to dig a little bed for and get it planted before the snow flies. I need to find plants for my terrarium and get it planted up. I purchased hardware cloth that I plan to cut into strips and staple to the bottom of the privacy fence and pin to the ground to try to keep the rabbits out. That's enough for now!

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Stargazer Lilies


Some lilies from the garden Posted by Hello

Catch Up, Restart

I've just resurrected this blog. Based on when I last posted, it seems I have a lot of catch up to do to provide information. Let's just fast forward. Spring came, then summer, then fall, then winter, then spring, then summer. Now summer is over. We had a good summer, rain when we needed it and no days over 90 degrees. But, the last few weeks have been dry and the grass has gone dormant. The perennials are drying up, too. It would be a very dusty job to try to attempt any garden clean up now. I'll just have to wait for some rain. In the meantime, I do intend to take some cuttings from the ivy hanging from the baskets on the front porch. It did quite well this summer, so I'll have to try that again next year. I already have cuttings from my sister's garden, including some Swedish ivy and coleus, sitting in a vase, ready to be rooted. I also plan to bring in my black elephant ear this year; it doesn't create the same kind of bulb as the 'regular' elephant ears, so that's the only way I can think to keep it through the winter. I just hope I don't unleash some six-legged critters in my house. I don't need that. Inside, I've moved my terrarium over by a north window, but haven't yet put any plants in it. I was going to get some plants at Frank's but never saw any I liked or thought would stay small enough. By the way, Frank's is going out of business and have started their 'sell it all to the walls' sale. I stopped by yesterday but was not impressed. They had items "red tagged" with clearance prices, which appeared to be the same as the regular price. They'll have to do better than that. It was not too busy, either, so I think others are waiting, like I am, for them to get a bit more aggressive with their pricing. I will miss them in January when it is time to buy seeds, since they always had them for half-price!

Due to the dry weather, I was able to skip mowing the lawn this week. Darn shame, too, since I have a new mower that I have only used once so far. I was looking forward to doing it, but there is nothing to mow right now (except some grass around one tree that I did water last week, but it will just have to wait.

(I'm a novice at blogging... just figured out how to add pictures. Cool!)

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