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September 12, 2008 - Janet DelTurco
I just typed a nice long blog, then pressed "add blog" instead of "insert blog" and it all disappeared! So I will try again. Life is very busy at this time. My sister Shirley is here from England for a couple of weeks, and now my daughter Vicki is up from Nashville for a few days, so it is a real family reunion. They are both gardeners, so I have had a lot of help. The less pleasant things that have to be done in September go much faster when there is someone on the other side of the trellis pulling down the pole beans and the morning glories! The potatoes are all dug, most of the beets are out, the tomatoes and peppers picked, the onions pulled up. The broccoli is over, the cabbages ready for use, and the Swiss chard keeps on growing. It must be September. As the different plots are empty, I like to dig them over and pile a few inches of compost on top, which will stay there until spring and then be dug in. The three of us have taken some trips, one being to Quail Crest with the Master Gardeners. They have a herb fair each fall, with food and vendors as well as their large assortment of plants. A lovely place to visit. And yesterday we went to Schedel Arboretum. I have driven through Elmore so many times, and vaguely knew that there was a garden there somewhere, but had no idea just how beautiful and extensive it is. I reaped one of the rewards of a slight disability, with the opportunity to travel around in a golf cart. And there was an unexpected bonus, we had the services of a guide with the cart. Karen gave us a wonderful tour of the Japanese garden, ponds with swans, wonderful stands of trees, flowers and herbs and a most impressive potager. A plot filled with peppers of all colors and sizes was a highlight, and I was thrilled to find cardoons. Mine is growing, but not nearly as large as those I saw yesterday. My garden is looking much better than it has in recent weeks, the joint effect of the long-awaited rain with the gardening help has made a big difference. Now if I can go to the right spot, this should go online!


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