Thurs. Nov. 21, 2019: The Weather Is Not Cooperating

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Thursday, November 21, 2019
Waning Moon, 4th quarter in Virgo
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Celtic Tree Month of Reed
Partly sunny and cold

The weather is not cooperating.

We took 10 30-gallon bags of leaves to the dump late last week. We’ve only filled about 3 or 4 more, mostly because it’s either been too windy to rake, or it’s been raining. That cold, damp, chilling rain that stings when it hits your skin and makes you cold to the bone.

I managed to scrub down the inside of the deck over the weekend. There is no mold. It was all dirt from being blown around in the yard, or from the plants. I dry brushed, then used Murphy’s oil soap. It downright gleams now.

Some boards in the deck do need replacement, as do the stairs, but they don’t have to do the whole thing.

The guy who was supposed to come and look at the deck and the back of the house (which was never painted eight years ago when the front of the house was done) never showed up on Monday. I’m sure it was because of the rain, but still, someone should have let us know. I rearranged my work day so I’d be here.

I’m tired of losing billable hours due to unreliable workmen.

It’s rained all week so far. This is the first day it’s drying out.

As soon as it’s dry enough, I’ll be raking again. We’re supposed to get snow at some point this weekend. I’m just going to rake any day it’s dry enough so to do. Every day a bit, and eventually, it all gets done.

Because the front is what’s most seen, that’s what gets the most attention, but, eventually, I’ll get the side, the back, and the meadow done as well.

Much of it depends on how soon the snow comes in, how much it is, and how long it covers the ground.

The beds are tucked in with leaves, so they will have a good winter. It’s always good to use leaves on the beds. They mulch down nicely, and then the soil is in good shape in the spring. Clean-up’s a bit messy, but the plants like it, and it’s worth it in the long run.

I can’t believe next week is Thanksgiving. Which means, shortly thereafter, that the Winter Holiday decorating begins. I decorate outside as well as in, so I’m sure there will be something to say.

The Thanksgiving cacti are in bloom, and look beautiful. The photos at the top and bottom of this post are those plants.

I won’t post on Thanksgiving, but I’ll be back the following week to talk about how I’m doing with my holiday greens!

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Thurs. Nov. 14, 2019: First Bite of Winter

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Thursday, November 14, 2019
Third Quarter Waning Moon in Gemini
Celtic Tree Month of Reed
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Partly Sunny and cold

We had our first bite of winter on Tuesday night, with a dusting of snow, and plenty of sharp, cold weather.

Charlotte is fascinated by snowflakes, Willa runs away, and Tessa is used to them.

Last weekend, we worked hard to put the rest of the plants to bed for the winter. I did some of the pruning (not enough). I have much more pruning to do this weekend. We cut down/pulled out the annuals and put the pots away. We brought in the remaining pots that will spend the winter in the house, rather than in the garage. I oiled the teak furniture before putting it away. The large teak bench went upstairs to live at the bottom of my mom’s bed. Brought the large geraniums in — they live near the very sunny window in my bedroom all winter, and usually bloom and bloom and bloom. Cleaned the decorations and brought them in.

I will have a lot of repainting to do in the spring.

So far, 10 30-gallon bags have gone to the dump. 6 more are waiting, and we’re still working on the front. If the weather holds, there is a great deal of raking, bagging, and driving to the dump over the weekend.

I will have to get my act together to start the seeds earlier in February next year. I started too much too late, because certain seeds don’t like to be moved, and I wanted to plant them on the deck in their mature pots. I’m going to have to find the room to do that inside this year. Not sure how, especially since the cart where we usually start seedlings in the front window of my office has been converted to a perch for Willa.

I have a few months to think about it. But I don’t want to wait until the last minute.

Have you finished everything that needs to be done in your yard for winter?

Thurs. Nov. 7, 2019: Beating the Storm

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Thursday, November 7, 2019
Waxing Moon 2nd Quarter in Pisces
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Partly sunny and cold
Celtic Tree Month of Reed

We might get our first snowflakes tomorrow morning.

On Tuesday, we raked enough just from the center front lawn to fill 10 30-gallon bags. In other words, 3000 gallons of leaves. We’re taking it to the dump today.

The front lawn is full of leaves again.

We haven’t had the chance to do the side lawn or anything in the back.

We’re taking in the plants that need to overwinter in the garage (the potted lilac, the roses of Sharon, the forsythia, hydrangea, etc. in the big pots. We’ll take in the geraniums that usually overwinter in my bedroom, because there’s a window that gets good sunlight. And the fern.

Not sure what we’ll do with the tomatoes.

Other pots have to be dumped, cleaned, sterilized, and stacked away for next year. Decorations have to be cleaned and put away.

I haven’t done the pruning yet, either.

I have to oil the teak furniture again before I put it away for the winter.

All I can do is the best I can do, each day. Every dry day, I’ll do a little bit. Eventually, it will get done, even if it’s not on the same schedule as the neighbors.

But hiring someone to mow made a huge difference this year. So I hope he’ll come back next year.

Oct. 31, 2019: Happy Halloween or Samhain! (Whichever You Celebrate)

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It’s rainy and vile here.

Mercury went retrograde today.

Stay safe and have fun!

October 24, 2019: Post-Storm

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Thursday, October 24, 2019
4th Quarter Moon in Scorpio
Celtic Tree Month of Ivy
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and cool

I couldn’t post last Thursday because of the nor’easter. We lost power around 1 AM. By mid-morning, we also lost cell service. Most places in the area, including the library, were shut.

It wasn’t too bad. We worked socializing the cats, wrapped up in layers, read books. One of the radios had batteries, so we could keep up with how bad it was outside.

Around 1:30 in the afternoon, the power came back on, but flickered until late afternoon.

Lots of branches came down. Not tree limbs, just branches. That’s taken some time to clean up.

I’ve taken the exterior Halloween decorations up and down too often to count at this point.

We have some more tomatoes growing; let’s hope they mature before they’re stolen again.

I have to cut back the roses and cut back what needs it in the beds over the weekend, weather permitting. We’ll start putting plants into the garage to overwinter, and the smaller plants (which are still pretty big, but do well indoors) inside and up in my room.

I have to oil the teak furniture one more time before we put it away.

Then, the garden goes to sleep for the winter.

And I immediately start fantasizing about what I want to do next year!

Oct. 10, 2019: Time To Put The Garden To Bed

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Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019
Waxing Moon Second Quarter Moon in Pisces
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Celtic Tree Month of Ivy
Rainy and cool

The decorations are up outside in the front of the house. Pictures are on my Instagram account, @devonellingtonwork. The exterior isn’t finished — I haven’t yet put up the lights. But it’s getting there. The interior decorations are up, too.

We’re getting a Nor’Easter, so that could make everything go cattywumpus.

It’s time to put the rest of the garden to bed. Having someone come in to mow has been such a blessing and a boon. This next set of tomatoes is doing well — we might actually get to EAT some of them.

As soon as we have the first frost, I will cut back the roses. The landlord wants them cut back far more than I do, but that’s the way it goes. As things die back, I’m sure I’ll find more invasives that need to be gotten rid of.

My lawn guy cleaned up the leaves. I’ll discuss with him whether we should do a big cleanup later in November, or how that usually works.

Meanwhile, I’ll trim things back and put leaves in the beds so they can rest over winter. Pretty soon, we’ll have to bring in the plants that can’t stay outside all winter, and oil and put away the furniture from the deck. I kind of like these rituals.

Thurs. Oct. 3, 2019: Slow Move into Autumn

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Not much to report. Don’t even have the usual astrological information — except that Pluto turns direct today, thank goodness.

We’re coaxing along the rest of the tomatoes. We’re cutting back other plants. We’re making some decisions about other plants.

We have so many acorns! What a harvest. The squirrels and chipmunks are very happy.

I’m hoping for a quiet, productive weekend.

It’s been unseasonably warm here so far, but it’s cooling down. We’ve had a few days of wind and dreary drizzle. When it lets up, I’ll start the exterior decorating.

Autumn is my favorite season!

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