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Re: Today in the Yard

Don't remember the shrubs you're talking about, Zem, but glad they're doing well for you.

I can see how it's a pain to bring all that stuff in every winter and I'm glad I don't have to do it very often [hurricane warnings being the exception]. Even so, we have lots of issues to deal with at this time of year. Many of the cuttings we have been babying all summer and lots of our seedlings are ready for potting. Some of those seedlings--phalsa comes to mind--may be tender to temperatures in the low 30s so we have to figure out how we're going to over-winter them--not necessarily indoors, but nevertheless protected.

We're also entering a time of year when the heavy lifting takes place. If we are serious about extending the front patio, this is the month to start lugging in the pavers and the mulch and collecting bags and bags of small shells at the beach.

On Monday, November 1, 2004, at 03:30 PM, Zemuly@aol.com wrote:

Today, with the help of two men, the plants came inside. It took us over an
hour to figure out how to fit them all in my small enclosed porch. I cannot
believe how much they grown over the summer. Not to mention the fact that I
have acquired new tropicals and divided others. I will have to crawl on my
belly like a snake to water them and clean the cats' litter pans so that is
going to be fun -- NOT. I gathered a lot of pine cones to fill the pots and,
hopefully, act as a deterrent to the cats. Jim, the little shrubs you gave
me are getting big, but I still have them in one pot together. Don't know
what I'll do next year, but I'll just worry about that then. I would have
seriously cut back the brugmansias, but they are all loaded with buds and I just
didn't have the heart. I still have one jasmine in a hanging basket that must
be brought in and transplanted to a regular pot. It is rainy and muggy
here, and my arthritis is screaming my age right now. It's not supposed to turn
colder until later this week, but I couldn't wait any longer to tackle this
always dreaded job as I am working at the polls tomorrow from 6:30 a.m.

zone 7
West TN

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Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
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Minimum 30 F [-1 C]

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