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Fall! Finally….

The weather has finally cooled and the humidity has reached an acceptable level where we can walk around downtown Raleigh without breaking into a sweat!


It has been a busy time around town.

The North Carolina Museum of Art has a fun installation of giant bunnies called Interlude. They have had nights of various generes of music and beer and wine. http://ncartmuseum.org/exhibitions/view/13942


Also, it was time to vote. It only took two hours … not too bad!


With cooler weather it is also time to plant pansies and mums!


I chose to plant Sheffield daisies this year! I call them Korean Mums!  They flower for a long season and usually come back the next year!


Update on Gus!


It has been several months since Gus stopped chemo for the adenocarcinoma in his lungs. The cancer has slowed him down but he seems well. We are just taking it day by day.

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I am ready….

I am ready to plant the Spring garden! I have bags of garden soil to jumpstart the plants and freshen up last year’s soil.

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We have a threat of below freezing temperatures over the next few nights and I am waiting until the weekend to actually plant cabbage, collards, and the seeds of lettuce and arugula.

Daffodils are blooming, though. They can survive the light frost.

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My young buckeye trees are budding! They should survive the light frost unharmed, too.

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The garden centers are ready and I am excited with the beautiful plants such as this tropical geranium or Pelargonium. I might have to plant a few of these!

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And large clumps of fragrant hyacinths are beautiful!

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Every morning someone wakes me up at dawn. It begins with quiet whimpering and wining. Then a paw or two under the door.

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If he has to really, really go out immediately he will bark a few times!

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Look at all that gray hair! He is now middle-aged. My sweet old man!

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A garden is much like cooking breakfast.

A garden comes together much like breakfast.

You choose the main elements.

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Then you add some spice or something exotic and unusual.

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Mix it all together.

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Let it simmer and mature.

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Then you let its unique character shine through!

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Of course, there always a few surprises!

A 60 lb Pitt bull – black Labrador running towards you as you are attempting to photograph daffodils!

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A few nice surprises when you purchase a bag of mixed bulbs.

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An overgrown camellia you find behind the old barn.

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Now after 10 years a few plants have matured and I need to evaluate their position in the garden or move their neighbor.

It’s amazing have fast time has flown by!

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