Happy About Rain

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We got a bit over an inch of rain September 25-26 and we are expected to get more tomorrow. After that, there will be a nice sunny stretch in which to get garden chores done. (Big hint to self.) We don’t have a completely normal water table yet, but we have somewhat relaxed our rationing and conserving. Meanwhile, the renovation proceeds, as Talitha mentioned in her post. Everyone is sleeping in the house again even though the bedroom furniture isn’t back up there yet. We’ve had two close calls with frost (36 degrees both times), but being the frugal sorts that we are, we haven’t yet turned the thermostat up, relying on blankets and closed windows to keep us warm enough at night. It is almost a point of honor with us not to let the furnace run in autumn before October, but this year we also don’t want the forced hot air blowing dust over surfaces still wet with paint, stain, or sealer.

About the Author

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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OldRoses October 3, 2005, 1:05 am

I don’t turn my heat on until Oct 1 either. Of course, it is easier for me being further south. Still those last few days of September are pretty painful with no heat at night. No fun getting up in the morning to a frigid house.

Laurie Gano September 28, 2005, 7:57 pm

I can easily relate to the drought problem, even though I live at the other end of the north country.We just went through our first relatively wet summer after 7 very dry. Our well was hissing and spitting air in an ominous way until last spring. Luckily, I don’t water my big yard off the house well. My husband hand dug a well in the creek bottom below our house, the same creek I used to pump out of before it went underground. So now we have lots of grass, flowers and yes, weeds. Sigh…Laurie

Cynthia September 28, 2005, 11:42 am

Glad you all are back in the house esp. with the rain and cool weather. Congratulations again on the book reviews for Horticulture!