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RE: Yoohoo!

We moved much of the tender plants inside late yesterday afternoon... in
spite of the cold raw wet weather. Hard frost is coming tonight and freeze
on Sunday evening. Hope to finish up moving things into the greenhouse
today. The nursery plants we want to take a hit so they can go dormant and
stay that way.
	I must say this has been the prettiest fall we have had in the
garden since I can not remember when. All the rain all year produced the
most lush green garden. Then throw in delayed frost date so the late
bloomers could look their best. That will end tonight. Not sure I am ready.
	We did run away from home with another couple to seen a winery about
1 1/2 hours from us. They have some of best fall gardens around and even
better wine. We always purchase several bottles when going to Oliver Winery
in Bloomington, IN. What the weather can not provide in the way of cheer, a
bottle of good wine can...
Gene E. Bush
Munchkin Nursery & Gardens,LLC
Garden Writer - Photographer -  Lecturer

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Aplfgcnys@aol.com
Sent: Friday, October 16, 2009 3:39 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] Yoohoo!

Where is everyone?  I haven't seen a Chat message in days.
It's bad enough having the most dismal, miserable autumn
weather I can ever remember - rainy and in the 30's for the
past two days and predicted to continue throughout the
weekend - but not hearing any life from this group makes 
me really depressed.
True, there's not much going on in the garden. We haven't
had a real frost yet - just nights down to 34 or 35 for the
past week - but things are looking pretty bad. Autumn
color isn't as brilliant as some years - more yellow that
red.  That probably reflects all the drab overcast days of
the so-called summer. I've never had a poorer year in the
garden, and everyone I talk to is saying the same, so it's
not just me.
We were away for three days last week - went up to the
State Garden Club Fall Conference in Binghamton, and then
on to make a quick visit to our son in Cortland near Ithaca.
We took in our bird feeders before we left because when they
are left out overnight the raccoons steal them.  Before we left
we had many, many goldfinches, plus quite a few purple finches
and other birds - also a big flock of downy woodpeckers, plus
a pair of hairy woodpeckers and a red-belly.  For the first few
days after we got back, there were NO birds at the feeders.
Now we have a bunch of titmice and a pair of cardinals at the
seed feeder, and one pair of downys have returned to the suet
feeder, but none of the other woodies, and not a single finch
of any sort.  I guess they found another feeder they like better.
Oh well.
Hope everyone is well, just busy raking leaves and planting bulbs.

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