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Re: Exceptional Weather Comes to an End

Gene, similar weather up north. 60s and 70s. Low last night 58. As you
said, this will change mid-week, but not so bad really - highs in the
50s, lows 30s. Nice weather to work in. I cut my peonies down over the
weekend too. But there's still a lot that it is too soon to do, like
insulating pots for overwintering. Some hosta leaves pull away easily,
others not. I don't like cutting them as they are too soft and the
shears just get sort of stuck. So I just wait til they're ready to give
way of their own volition.

The colors are gorgeous. The hosta are all golden. My burning bush
doesn't actually burn - it's more of a salmon-pink. The Orangeola
Japanese Maple is the deepest possible dark red. Though some toadlilies
are done, others are blooming profusely. I only raked a small tarp load
of leaves. The rest are still up their waiting. I want to move my Henry
Lilies but they're still somewhat green. Hopefully in the next couple of
weeks. The Galtonia need to come out too, but from all I've read, I
think it would be safer to dig them in spring, but it'll be more
difficult to know their precise locations. does anyone else have any
experience with Galtonia?

It's Monday and back to work.


> Weather person says our above average temperatures are coming to an end the
> middle of this week. Know it has not been wonderful for everyone on this
> list, but here in Southern Indiana we have had exceptionally wonderful
> weather for being in the garden for the past 3 weeks now. Come Wednesday it
> all to come to an end with rain, rain, rain and cooler temperatures.
> Probably about the end of my being in the garden for this year. (actively
> working the soil). We have just about hurt ourselves getting things done
> around here to take advantage of that wonderful weather.
>     Yesterday afternoon was removing all the dead peony foliage and getting
> it to the dump... took 3 cart loads behind the lawn tractor. Also
> transplanted a couple of shrubs that have been growing in pots for the past
> year. Chopped and picked up some more leaves from the lawn to use as mulch
> up in the shade garden. Completed a new bed for the peony I purchased this
> fall. I came across a "deal" on peony and came home with 6 of Klehm's 3 to 5
> eye roots. They now have companions of siberian iris, clematis (shrub type
> and vining) lilium and salvia.
>     We need to install a good hot tub here with jets to massage those tired
> and overworked muscles..... had to settle for a hot bath and a bottle of
> wine...
>     Gene E. Bush
> Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
> www.munchkinnursery.com
> genebush@munchkinnursery.com
> Zone 6/5  Southern Indiana
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