JOURNAL November 2018

viburnum mum 11:4

11/4, Mailbox. Mass-produced, supermarket Mums usually do well in the rougher parts of this garden. I used to dismiss Mums as gaudy and over-tweaked, as I did with snapdragons and zinnias. I was again happy to be wrong, the best lesson in my gardening life. The larger burgundy Mum hugging the Verbascum on the left was planted in January 2014, a holiday party gift. The temperature was above freezing, the rocky ground was wet and cold, the Mum looked bad; it was a hospice gesture. Third year now, a foot taller, blooming later each season, even flowers through the first snows. Better than the flowers is the dark matte foliage, much easier to shape than box, a tight 2’x 2′ mound with one cutback in late Spring. The savvy Victorians used Mums as hedging in bedding-outs. I put out three more supermarket pots in late September, $2.99 each, two burgundy, one orange. They’ll begin to make a sturdy clump next year.

south learnard color 11:4

11/4. This picture was taken a week too late. You get the drift.

north fence little henry golden rain 11:4

11/4. Golden Rain tree, Koelreuteria paniculata, honey-leaved in back; Itea virginica ‘Little Henry’, red in front. Big Catalpa leaves on the ground, on the box. Once the leaves fall, it takes four three-hour sessions to redistribute them as mulch. There are few truths in human life but here’s one: Never allow a Catalpa three feet from your front porch.

back porch 11:12

11/12. This is the fourth winter on the back porch for Agapanthus, bay, lemon and rosemary. Also overwintering two peppers, Lantana in the bag, ‘Rosita’ eggplant, Pelargoniums.

snowfall second one inch 11:12

11/12 First snow. Back door looking West. Follow the fox footprints.

main path face north 11:24

11/24. Main Path face North.

ride face east 11:24

11/24. Ride face East.

garage bed finished

11/24. Garage West face.

lilies finished

11/24. Done Lilium.

maquis finished

11/24. Done maquis.

klee all revealed 11:24

11/24. Pinus, Juniperus, Chamaecyparis.

blizzard 11:26 2

11/26. Blizzard.

pumpkin 11:26

11/28. The pumpkin is a traditional harvest symbol in the New World. Native to northern Mexico and the southern United States.


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