Category Archives: Seasonal Maintenance

 Fall at last….

Finally, the Fall temperatures have arrived and the humidity is bearable! The night temps have been in the low 60s and days are becoming shorter.

The cooler temperatures have encouraged the tomatoes and basil to begin growing again!

 
Which is great for making Pad Thai!

  
The cooler temperatures seem to make the color of most flowers brighter! These Four-O-Clocks seem almost neon!

  
And the special Fall bloomers! Colchicums!

  
The cool nights are great for drinks on the patios downtown! The Borough has the best corner and nothing beats the How do you Q? on the Corner of Dawson and Morgan Streets!

  
Or inside!

  
And pumpkins!

  

And some time to catch up on some spiritualism!

  
 

Shouldn’t we be canning something or making preserves?

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Yeasty dough how I love thee!

I can’t think of anything which is more fragrant than fresh dough rising in the kitchen.

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My birthday is tomorrow so I am not working and I will be heading down to the coast for a few days.

Also, Wednesday is cooking show day on PBS- food. I love the program Modern Irish Food because the accent reminds of the brogue or accent the people along the North Carolina Outerbanks speak and which I grew up hearing.

We have been experiencing thunderstorms the past few days with a couple tornados touching down about two hours away. Luckily, we have only seen spotty storms with intermitting heavy rains and gusty winds. It’s natures way of cleaning everything and blowing the dead limbs out of the trees.

I did manage to clean up the pachysandra beds along the drive between downpours. In the ten years since the original plants were planted they have slowly multiplied but a few runners have made an escape under the concrete border. They were moved back into their homes!

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Now, back to my French bread and PBS cooking shows as the rain moves back in!

atb3

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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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