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Re: October in review
  • Subject: Re: October in review
  • From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2010 22:07:46 EDT

Color has been brighter here than I had expected after the summer's
drought.  The dogwoods showed color by mid-August, but have stayed
pretty bright.  I'm encouraged to see that they have set many buds this
year - the bloom last spring was the sparsest I can remember, but I do
know that heavy bloom-set sometimes reflects a stressed season.
Colors in general have been more yellow than red, but I'm sure that is
a result of the drought. What I don't understand is why some have lost
their leaves already, and some are still pretty full.
The Kousa dogwood is especially rich and bright right now - hasn't
lost anything yet.
My gingko has been spectularly golden this season - brighter than we
can remember.  Then two nights ago we had a frost.  We watched
yesterday morning as the gingko shed it's leaves - by 9:30 AM it was
totally bare and there was a brilliant circle of golden leaves on the 
It always sheds all its leaves at the first frost.
One thing that has been especially bright this year is the Euonymus
alatus - winged euonymus - that was heavily planted as shrubs some
years ago and has become an invasive alien in the woods.  Some years
the plants in the woods don't color up in the fall, but this year they are
bright.  It pretty much depends on sun, and the ones in the woods don't
get as much, but this drought year the woods are bright with it.
In a message dated 11/2/2010 10:15:28 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
bonnie_holmes@comcast.net writes:

Our autumn still has some blazes while gradually fading. We need rain
but the skies have been bright blue which makes the remaining leaves
striking. I love all season changes, even when rain and frost comes and
puts many things to bed.

ETN Zone 7 
Remember the River Raisin, the Alamo, the Maine, Pearl Harbor, 911. 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <inlandjim1@q.com> 
To: gardenchat@hort.net 
Sent: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 3:42:34 PM 
Subject: Re: [CHAT] October in review 

Aaah, yes. October's bright blue weather. Was much the same here until 
Hallowe'en when it started to rain. Still raining off and on, but not 
at the moment. We were having a gloriously colorful autumn until the 
rains came--now it's mostly in the gutter and on the lawn. Still 
colorful, but lacking in much appeal. 

On Nov 2, 2010, at 8:35 AM, Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI 

> Our October weather was interesting, we had two storms that dropped a 
> lot of rain (a lot for us, anyway, over an inch). Usually October is 
> dry 
> and warm, it's when the worst wildfires start, but not this time. 
> All that water and warm weather means grass is sprouting like crazy. I 
> decided just to hoe up the grass in my dry garden instead of trying to 
> hand weed it as I usually do, this early in the year I don't think 
> that 
> will remove any wildflower seedlings. We can let the sheep out to 
> graze 
> next weekend too. 
> No frost as yet. I still have peppers and tomatoes, mostly green 
> tomatoes, but so far no time to pick much; been spending too much time 
> on horseback and other stuff. I spent almost 3 days painting a 
> bathroom 
> - the first color I chose didn't look like I thought it would, so I 
> had 
> to repaint, very boring. 
> I got rid of my pond, a big galvanized stock tank that had developed a 
> couple of pinhole leaks. When we started pulling up the cattails and 
> underwater pots, the whole edge just crumbled, it was almost 
> completely 
> rusted through! It was so rusty and nasty husband just cut it up with 
> the torch and put it in our dumpster, the next day we came out and 
> someone had taken it. We didn't think the recyclers would take it 
> but I 
> guess someone figured it was worth the effort. 
> My gardeners are doing a good job, I'm glad we hired them and my "it 
> should be me" guilt is almost gone. I have had a couple casualties - a 
> big clump of allium bulbs got scattered when they weeded and my (very 
> small) viburnum lentago just vanished, but I figured there would be a 
> few instances like that. Every time I go hiking now I pick up a 4 or 5 
> pound chunk of quartz and bring it back, anything small that I 
> treasure 
> is getting a ring of quartz to mark it. Not exactly subtle, but it 
> should work. 
> Got the greenhouse cleaned out Sunday. I put a bug bomb in there the 
> week before but there were still some black widow spiders, so I'll do 
> that again before moving plants in. I have to say I don't much like 
> winter but while getting the place all nice I started anticipating 
> this 
> winter, reading in the greenhouse amongst the plants. 
> Cyndi 
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