Planted 6 Burgundy Star Easy Wave petunias & 6 Purple Flash ornamental peppers in the birdbath bed. These were trial plants sent by the Ball Horticultural Company. Expecting rain tomorrow. No more frost! Who knows? Maybe I’ll get brave and actually put the birdbath out.
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.
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