Getting Ready for Winter

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Well, after that killing freeze we’ve had some nice warm days (and nights). I brought my rosemary in anyway because I don’t trust myself to remember to bring it in for next spell of cold nights. And I dug the Bishop of Llandoff dahlia bulbs my sister had given me, mostly because Talitha really enjoyed the four blossoms they put out before being knocked down by frost. The last time I tried to winter over dahlia bulbs they were all desiccated by the time spring came. Any helpful tips would be appreciated.

Meanwhile, I’ve been stuck in the house finishing up a housekeeping project while the weather has been so glorious. My back is mostly better but I can tell, one false move and . . .

I still have more colchicums to tell you about as soon as I get time. Gotta put my toddler to bed. Bye!

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Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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