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Dallying In The Dirt, Issue #200 --- The cymbidium orchids enjoy the background of snow.
December 12, 2014
We had a lovely warm day this week and I was able to clean up the last of the beds and even rake those last leaves and move them to the veggie garden as mulch and compost. The bubblers were put into the ponds and I remarked to the Assistant Gardener that I felt more ready for winter then I have for some years. Even the snow-blower had been repaired and tested. It is definitely not new and I needed a gasket for the carburetor. I went off looking for one knowing that if I didn’t find the 50¢ gasket it could be a $500 snow blower. Not only did I find the gasket but it was $5.00 and the new snowblower would have been $1200. Apparently I’m both lucky and out of date. Yesterday we received a pile of snow and I cheerfully and confidently started up the blower and it ran beautifully all the way from the garage to the front steps and then died.
I muttered a few words and went to the garage to get the power cord. It didn’t start immediately and I uttered a few more words, fiddled with it a bit and then it finally roared to life and finished its job without another hiccup. Let’s wax the skis and get on with the winter activities. The picture across the top was taken a few moments ago. The big yellow Cymbidium Orchids have burst open to fill the solarium with these magnificent blooms. It has 33 blooms in varying stages of opening, each one being almost 9 cm (3.5") across and they will all stay open and glorious for close to three months. These blooms more than make up for the several months of watering and fertilizing a 25 cm (10") pot of long, less than elegant, leaves. In gardening, all things come to those who have the patience.
Many of you have sent messages of hope and prayers for our granddaughter Matilda and we thank you. We will be spending Christmas in the hospital with her. She and her mother remain there and will for several more weeks to come. She is progressing reasonably well but quite slowly. I look forward to having her healthy and helping me to plant next spring’s
Now it’s time to answer a few of my reader’s questions. Don’t forget to check the front page of the Website for frequent short ideas for current gardening activities.
Connie Asks? This is an indoor gardening question on behalf of my boss:
We have a money tree in our office -(on life support) that is extremely tall with only a few leaves at the top. I advised cutting it back instead of tossing it but would appreciate your opinion. Thanks for the wonderful newsletters and advice!
111 Trent St. W.
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