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November 2, 2008 - Janet DelTurco
A few quick thoughts on this beautiful Sunday morning. The weather is incredible for November. I have a birthday coming up, and it is always cold, dreary, rainy if not snowy, and generally depressing on that date. Today it is sunny, warm, breezy and beautiful. What a blessing. Most of the perennials that I cut down weeks ago, thinking that the end was in sight, have the mistaken idea that spring is here, and are thrusting up new green shoots! The hostas especially are looking like April reather than November. I'm afraid they have an unwelcome surprise in store one of these days. The forsythia is blooming and hollyhocks and foxgloves showing up as well. I cut the peonies right to the ground this year, but if the warm weather keeps up, they will show growth as well. Fine with me. I am cutting back the mums along with everything else in the front as I have some new plans for that rather scruffy area next year. I a burst of energy this morning (getting up an hour earlier after the clock change) I decided to clean up the back porch. Brought in some seeds that I am saving and found some disaster. Most of my Wisley Scarlet Runner beans, and a lot of my hyacinth bean vine seeds have mildewed so much they are no use. I should have brought them inside in the dry much earlier. I didn't think it was damp out there, but now it's too late. I have put the few survivors in paper bags in the basement, along side the geraniums that are sleeping there, and hope at least a few survive. I still have a New Dawn rose looking in my bedroom window, and some of the roses in the "pet cemetery" behind the garage are in full bloom as well. Must get some pictures today. The ashes of my dear dogs Toffee and Gigi are buried there, together with Daisy the cat, Black Bunny my grandaughter's rabbit, and unknown names and numbers of gerbils, hamsters, fish, guinea pigs etc. over the years. We just put in a new rose for each major funeral, and now that area is very overgrown and needs a good shaping up next spring. Always good to have a major project in mind.
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