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Re: How's everybody doing?
  • Subject: Re: How's everybody doing?
  • From: James Singer <inlandjim1@q.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2013 13:01:20 -0800

Not much happening here (if you exclude rain). The maple in my sister's front
yard is the first to turn every year, and so it was this year. Now it's just a
disorganized bundle of sticks, and there are only a few others in the
neighborhood that still have leaves. So the fall-winter drabs are upon us.

!Sm se puede!

On Nov 6, 2013, at 7:43 AM, BONNIE_HOLMES wrote:

> Interesting. We have had one of the wettest years. Oct. has been dry but
> we are well above average for rain. I've spent a lot of time pruning Our
> fall foliage continues to be around two weeks later than average so
> climate change has its impact. I've planted my garlic and need to
> harvest sweet potatoes soon. We have not had a killing frost as yet
> which I am looking forward to as the rag weed has been terrible. For
> years, I have known exactly when to plant a fall/winter garden but
> nothing seems to work anymore.
> Hope everyone is doing well.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Sent: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 9:31:55 AM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] How's everybody doing?
> This is just amazing! I woke up this morning thinking about this group,
> and
> decided that I would post some thoughts just to see if anybody was still
> out
> there - and VOILA! here you are. I have missed this group. It's so good
> to
> hear from you. I know, I know - Facebook is where everyone is, but I just
> don't have the patience for all that.
> This has been a most unusual late summer and fall. We had cool weather
> in August - one night even down into the 40s. It has been cool since then,
> and we have had a few light frosts, but still no real cold. The net tells
> us
> that this has been the driest October in 50 years, and I believe it. Our
> pond
> is just down to a puddle. In the 43 years we have lived here, I have never
> seen it so low.
> Despite all that, and who knows, perhaps because of some of it, the colors
> this fall have been magnificent and longer lasting than I can remember.
> The
> dogwoods (Cornus florida) in the drive began to show color in late August.
> The Kousa (C. kousa) is spectacular right now, and some of the others still
> have some leaves. What is most unusual is that the Gingko, which in most
> years loses every leaf the night of the first frost, still has most of its
> leaves.
> I am accustomed to seeing the ground around the tree covered with the
> golden leaves and not a leaf left on the tree the morning after the first
> frost.
> Some leaves have fallen, but the tree is still bright. What's happening?
> Also some of the tender plants around the house are still blooming. The
> Pineapple Sage which always makes a handsome plant but blooms so late
> that in many years I don't get to see the blossoms, has been quite a sight
> this fall with it's spikes of crimson. Does the drought, perhaps, help in
> this
> matter? Maybe there is less moisture in the plants to freeze and cause
> damage?
> Once again, it's so good to hear from you all.
> Auralie
> In a message dated 11/6/2013 8:15:26 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> cornergar@aol.com writes:
> Beautiful fall this year and no snow so far. The serviceberry is just now
> dropping it's leaves and the 5 bald cypress by the pond are rusty orange
> and
> already have a "skirt" of the same color on the ground around them. My
> pond is
> struggling to keep it's bottom covered as we have not had adequate rain
> this
> fall. Lost several trees because of last year's drought and now i fear for
> the
> evergreens. Cut flowers did fairly well this year and my daughter decided
> she
> would sell bouquets and plants potted in " interesting" containers at the
> local Sat. farm market. One of her creations was to plant the top of dolls
> heads (removed from the bodies) with trailing plants, mostly succulents.
> Public reaction was mixed. Either they would turn away saying "too creepy"
> or
> they loved them! Tomato and zucchini harvest was huge and I was glad for
> the
> first frost. Am having some health issues and am frustrated at not being
> outside more. All the garden columnists are listing fall cleanup chores.
> Here's hoping I won't have too much of a mess in the spring if I don't get
> them done. kathy p.s. so good to hear from Chris and Judy. I miss this
> group.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Judy Browning <ggranjudy@gmail.com>
> To: gardenchat <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Tue, Nov 5, 2013 11:50 pm
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] How's everybody doing?
> We had the first snow today when I had an appointment 2 hours away. Made it
> there and back safely. Still have walnuts and leaves all over the lawn. Had
> our biggest walnut removed a few weeks ago and have been getting all that
> cleaned up. The tree removers were able to spare a seedling dogwood that
> grows at it's base. I hope it can be moved to another bed. This really
> opens up the southern side of the house. Nice on these gray days but I will
> miss the shade next summer. We planted a linden a few years ago but it will
> be several more before it gives us significant shade on the house. The
> saffron crocus are blooming and I want to pick some threads before they
> freeze. Beautiful red berries on the dogwoods. I'll enjoy them while I can.
> Soon the starlings will scoop in and strip the trees bare.
> I have a question for you. The city planted some blooming trees on the east
> side of the new library. They've been blooming since late August and are
> producing more buds every time I see them. At first I thought they were
> dogwoods. Now they look more like magnolias with 4 petals per flower. Any
> idea what they might be? I'll try to get a picture tomorrow.
> On Nov 5, 2013 8:25 PM, "Christopher P. Lindsey" <lindsey@mallorn.com>
> wrote:
>> Hey everyone,
>> How are your gardens faring? What are you up to?
>> I ordered a bunch of plants this fall and still have to plant them
>> out, so I'm probably going to bury the puts and mulch heavily until
>> spring.
>> I need more time. :)
>> What about you?
>> Chris
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