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Old 11-10-2011, 09:26 AM
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Saying Goodbye to some flowers!


It was inevitable - our first frost is due Saturday, possibly tonight. So I grabbed the camera and took my last walkabout in the garden to say good bye.

The Confederate Rose was a real treat. This was the first time in many years that I got to see more than one bloom. It utterly outdid itself!




I took my last sniff of the Hedychium Gingers.



I gazed for a long time at the Morning Glory growing on my split rail fence. It was such an incredible surprise and gifted me every morning with an amazing riot of color!



The variety was awesome.



I was able to collect seeds from the uber surprising Aomurasakihigesibori and navy blue Split Personality higes.



As sad as it was, I'm looking forward to the blooms that will cheer me up in the greenhouse through out the winter.

Goodbye my 2011 Garden. I'll be seeing some of you next Spring!
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Old 11-10-2011, 09:55 AM
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Awww.. and thus the seasons change. We will all be looking foward to your yard next season
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Old 11-10-2011, 11:41 AM
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wah.......oh how we miss them tonite...After a frost delight.. WE had heavy frost for a couple weeks now......Still a few blooms like the snap dragon. few poppys , malva ........ice plant.. I have one glad inside doing well.

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Old 11-10-2011, 11:47 AM
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I always treasure my last "walkabout" of the year. This gardening year had lots of amazing surprises!

I'm already perusing my seed catalog and deciding on what to grow next year .. the big germination waves will start around the last week in January.
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Old 11-10-2011, 12:04 PM
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I have already started for 2012
My onion seeds are up .. See if I kill them again.LOL

Inside that is.

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never sure what I will plant outside.Depends what germinates for me.
Lost loads of seed that way.
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Old 11-10-2011, 01:19 PM
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oh gosh, that sounds so final *shudder*
but yes, give your plants some rest so they will be stunning again in a few months
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When do we bring the amaryliss out of the dark?
Any one know ? My bulbs decreased when I put them out for the summer.
Is that common?

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Old 11-10-2011, 02:32 PM
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Your flowers are so pretty! Is the last picture morning glory? I have never see this before. Let me know if you ever want to swap seeds. I used to grow Hedychium Gingers as well. But it is so hard to maintain it in Ohio. I finally had to give up on them. They smell soooo good!
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Old 11-10-2011, 03:40 PM
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Thanks .. yes the last two are morning glory. The form is called Hige or feathered.
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:10 PM
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Very nicely composed, beautiful flowers I'm sure you'll see once again next spring!
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Old 11-11-2011, 10:17 PM
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We are still playing with a first frost. My neighbors got one but we were 4 degrees off while they were in 28 - 31. I am in a weird micro climate. This weekend , I am going swimming. upper 70 - 80's....Yea!!!!
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Old 11-12-2011, 06:41 AM
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Sigh, when I got up this morning everything was frosted outside! We're doing that roller coaster thing too .. upper 70's to 80 here by Wednesday.
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Old 11-12-2011, 07:06 AM
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Is that unusual in NC
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Old 11-12-2011, 07:19 AM
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I don't know about NC but here in the SC Low Country it's not unheard of .. I've only been here about 10 years and I don't recall a Fall being this drastic in temperature fluctuations. Usually we hit cold and stay there til the January "thaw" that lasts a few days and really messes up Winter Sowing.
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Old 11-12-2011, 08:51 AM
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We have always roller coasted up and down with abandon. I remember 1987, Christmas eve was 2F (an unbelivable record record breaking dip) and three days later it was 75 and I was in shorts and shirt sleeves hicking on a mountain. We dip and rise drastically, maybe not this drastically but we never stay cold.

This fall it is 3 days cool and 1 1/2 weeks warm. So far my dips have not frozen but because of the steep hills and valleys, It has frozen in the low valley while the hilltops stay warm. This pattern happens every year. I have all sorts of weird theories about this. Cold air sinks and during the nights which are very dry, the mass of the hills are radiating their heat away , up, while the cold air is sinking. Later in the winter this difference between the hills and valleys disappear. My neighbor, down hill and 4 miles away, reached 25 and I was 34. My other theory is that the first cold front are thin and wedge shaped pieces of air. I have since nixed this theory.

We have many personal weather stations in my neighborhood on Weatherunderground site. They have their elevations listed as a factor on their site. I have a temperature gage that has a memory. I am more similar with those of a similar altitude than the one that is across the street about a 1/2 mile away and 100' lower.

Tell me I am not obsessed. Texans can talk about the weather and fire ants till the hell freezes over.
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