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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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Almost there…

The snow is slowly melting.

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The temperature should reach 62f by tomorrow! Wow! That should melt the remainder of the snow!

Gus is still on vacation! He thinks you should take it easy today!

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I am sure there is some garden work to do? The freezing and thawing of the ground usually heaves a brick or two out of place. The gutters are probably in need of cleaning, too!

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Today will be a good day for an iced double mocha latte at Cup-A-Joe while the snow melts. Relax and read the paper out the recycle bin and chat with people I know.

Tomorrow will be a better day to do yard work if the rain holds off with the warm temps in the 60s.

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Xx

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First hard frost cleanup.

The first killing frost has occurred with temperature reaching about 27f last night.

The Basjoo bananas are wilted and dark. The leaves are frost resistant and are not harmed until the temps are below 29f or so. The trunks will protect their growing buds and they will grow new leaves in the Spring from those buds. I will later remove the damaged leaves with sharp shears.

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The acuba’s leaves will wilt when the temps are in the 20s to prevent the loss of water but they are not damaged by the cold. They return to normal when the temps go back above 30.

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The low temps caused the Empress Trees to drop all their leaves at once. The leaves dry out in a few days and then they crumble and disintegrate to improve the soil. Gus enjoys looking under the large leaves for creatures.

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While removing frost damaged plants and raking leaves I discovered a dead vole. It’s rare to come across my arch nemesis! They have eaten every hosta and tiger lily I have planted!

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Of course, the cold mornings do not stop Gus from waking me up at dawn to go out!

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I rather have an iced double mocha latte from Cup A Joe!

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I think we can both get what we are looking for?

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