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Still no snow

November 29, 2009 - Janet DelTurco
I am counting my blessings at this Thanksgiving time, and they are many. High on the list is the fact that we ae beginning the month of December and are still without snow and ice. Yes, I know, snow is pretty and all that, but along with snow comes ice, and I just hate driving on ice. I get a little worse about it every year, and this year I think I am just not going to do it. Maybe in town in the daylight, but anywhere else, and especially after dark, I am going to depend on friends and family, some of whom may wish to block their numbers!!! Snow is good for the garden as it insulates the ground and prevents that freeze/thaw cycle which is bad for perennials and shrubs. Things are looking good outside still, I have several roses still blooming, including my favorite yellow Lemon Meringue climber. I bought it several years ago, as much for the name as for the description, and it almost covers one side of the garage wall. I have been able to keep a vase of roses on the dining room table every day since early May. What a delight. I have blossoms inside as well. The double impatiens in a hanging basket is hanging over my computer as I work. It has a slightly annoying habit of dropping blossoms onto the keyboard quite regularly, but that is no different from the way it behaved outside all summer, and the bright pink flowers look like little roses and decorate the space very nicely. In fact all the inside plants are doing well, except for the mandevilla which seems to be dying in stages. That is OK, it is rather crowded in here with setcresea, two rosemary plants, cordyline, a bay, three ivies, and a hanging basket with several foliage plants. And then there is the part of my fairy garden that is not hardy and will live on my desk in pots and trays all winter. And now I am trying to find some space for Christmas stuff in here. Of course there are three Christmas trees, in the living room, dining room and kitchen. So probably enough is enough.


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