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Today in the garden


It's been raining on and off--more on than off--since Sunday. It let up earlier today for more than a few minutes, so I toured the estate. Some rebellious plants--daylilies, roses, dahlias, and a lone azalea-- are still blooming. The chrysanthemums, which were mounds of color in mid October are beginning to look a little tired, and the lavender has finally stopped blooming, and most other shrubs have packed it in for the year. The tall, old maple in the front lawn turned fire-engine red in October and now looks like a hat-rack while a nearby birch is still green. The muscari and the saffron crocus are up but no blooms yet. The vegetable garden is nearly done, although the orange cherry tomato soldiers on, blooming and setting fruit and the fava beans seem robust in spite of the coolness of the weather. We're going to have a large crop of undersized tomatillos in a week or so [note to self: plant them earlier next year], but the size won't matter much; they'll still make salsa.


Island Jim
Willamette Valley
44.99 N 123.04 W
Elevation 148'
39.9" Precipitation
Hardiness Zone 8/9
Heat Zone 5
Sunset Zone 6
Minimum 0 F [-15 C]
Maximum 102 F [39 C]

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