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My blueberry plant is a wreck. Actually, bought it for my son, so he gets the final word on when to declare it dead enough.

 

Meanwhile, somebody - probably a bird - planted wild raspberries for me! I had five volunteer plants in my garden. Yesterday I removed a huge stand of  "Connecticut bamboo", and transferred the littlest volunteers over there by some adult raspberry canes. But I kept three.

    

I'm not sure, but what we locally call "Connecticut bamboo" may be Japanese Knotweed, False Bamboo, Mexican Bamboo. The stuff is an invasive nuisance, and the lawn guys should have yanked it already. It's been outlawed in some countries. In CT, they're debating whether to outlaw real bamboo, too...

Wild raspberries are one of my absolute favorite things. I notice their locations year round, to come back and harvest when they're in season. But felt my garden was too small for brambles. But if they insist... I'll keep 'em.

In other news, my trailing vinca are finally starting to bloom. I searched the Internet, and everyone seems to agree that calibrachoa cannot grow from self-seeding. But they do. At least some of the self-seeded plants really are next-generation calibrachoa.

  
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And this weekend, harvested
And this weekend, harvested the red cabbage.

finally harvested the red cabbages - the caterpillars didn't leave much - and the parsley is still alive out there colorful stir-fry with home-grown (peas and peppers were frozen in summer)

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Definitely winter - snowed in
Definitely winter - snowed in yesterday, then last night turned to pouring rain. Beautiful ice on the trees. And no power or Internet loss - yay!
 

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Agreed. That's probably why
Agreed. That's probably why this time of year is so loaded with holidays - severe shopping as a distraction from entering the cold clammy Dark Time.

Forecast says 20°F tomorrow night. That ought to finish off any lingering plant life.

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 Hate this time of the
 Hate this time of the year.....

 

 

 

 

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Got a hard freeze Tuesday, so
Got a hard freeze Tuesday, so cleared out all the dead plants yesterday - was lovely, 60 degrees and sunny. The much ignored spiny raspberry brambles did really well in the shade corridor garden, and have claimed it for their own. The electrical meter reader guy must hate me... 
first year wild raspberry cane (I think) - they like it in the shade corridor not as happy raspberry in the sunny scrap of garden

I had no idea, but raspberries root at the end of the cane! So... maybe next year I need to clip some loops in the middle to make separate plants.

Not a lot left. Caterpillar chow and herbs, and a few flowers. And caterpillars. The freeze didn't get rid of them.

cabbage, kale, parsley, dill, oregano, and a few flowers survive - last tomatoes freeze-died one stalk of impatiens survived the freeze - couldn't bear to kill it when cleaning up sunset makes this look more colorful than it really is - remaining leaves are mostly yellow-brown oak
 
 


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Pointilist leaf stage. Still
Pointilist leaf stage. Still very pretty, but getting bare.

autumn's progress 

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Ooh, Botany of Desire is now
Ooh, Botany of Desire is now on my wish list.

Yeah, the indoor plant lights help me hugely with the winter blues!

Tho for the past few weeks, going out in daytime, the beauty is just kinda heart-stopping. All concerns just fall out of my head - "ooh, that's pretty..."

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 Amazing what a few days
 Amazing what a few days difference makes in tree color! Yes, the sun angle this time of the year is amazing. I won't see sunlight for a couple of months now during the week - leave and return from work in the dark. Yuck. I used to get really grouchy this time of the year. The AG's make me feel so much better. A little bit of summer in the basement :-)  

 

 

 

 

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 Hi Gisette, I love Michael
 Hi Gisette,

I love Michael Pollan's books. "Botany of Desire" talks about the history of corn, potatoes, tulips and apples. Good stuff. Re the books you mentioned, I did get the history of food, just didn't have a chance to read it.  Ida Red sounds interesting! 

 

 

 

 

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Nearing sunset -
Nearing sunset - gorgeous!

The near-sunset light is a different color in autumn. I dunno why... It's not that color in spring.

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