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Thursday, November 07, 2019


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Kris P

The November-blooming hellebore must be a joy, even if the early snow is not. Mother Nature isn't making anyone happy in the weather department this fall it seems. We still have no rain whatsoever on the horizon.


Mother nature has not been cooperating with fall cleanup. Here in Milwaukee people rake the leaves into the street for a vacuum truck pick up. Those leaves are now frozen piles in the parking lanes. And there are more to come. I hope we get a warm up so they can clean the streets or winter parking, which is already awful, is going to become quite a nightmare.


On Wednesday, the last warmish day for a while, I went out to work in the garden for the first time in almost a month. After cutting down most of the peonies, I rewarded myself with an easy, silly task: plucking off all the leaves on the dwarf witch hazel 'Little Susie'. And lo! It's in full bloom. Today in mid-afternoon, the sun caught it full on, and it felt like a gift and a hopeful sign -- one of several this week.


So happy to see a hopeful sign like that, and so happy to know I'm not the only one who stops to pluck the old leaves off my witch hazel!


The cold has made it here as well. No real snow yet but the ground is freezing up, which hasn't happened in November for a while. Oddly enough I have no plants or bulbs in the mail, rather most are already in the ground. It almost doesn't feel right to not have a few hundred bulbs on order while snow is flying outdoors!
Your beds look as if you already did quite some cleanup. I did a little, but mostly just mowing up the leaves on the lawn. The rest can wait.

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