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The circled area shows where the neighbor's tree snapped;  the large area is what fell into our yard.  I thought it was the top of the tree, but the tree had a "Y" shape, and just one of the "Y" arms snapped off.  Not going to sweat the small stuff, and it's all small stuff.

I'm cutting down the dying Dodoneas.  They reseed so prolifically I wonder if they are short-lived in nature--why otherwise reseed so quickly and easily?  
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There's the pile of Dodonea I will be cutting very small in order to cram it all into this week's load of green waste.
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I noticed the 'Zwartzkop' Aeoniums are waking up from their summer sleep.  They look like this when asleep--a good bit of the foliage dries up and falls off and the stuff that does not fall gets very dark.  This is a good illustration of the fine fringe on the leaf margins--an identifying trait for all Aeoniums.
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You can see they are waking up when the center leaves start to green.  those are new leaves growing, the plant wakened by cooler nights and our first winter rain.
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And my new rose for 2014, 'Ascot'.  It's from Palatine Roses and is grafted onto Rosa multiflora rootstock.  I don't plan on getting any other roses for 2014.  Nice looking bareroots they send, good hefty size, and arrived clean, moist and undamaged.
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Quickly planted, so as not to dry out.  I have a shade cloth ready in case it gets too hot and sunny for a bare root rose.
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Not much in the way of beauty shots today.  Perhaps the first blueberry flowers of the season can be considered decorative.  They are cute little bells that bees adore.  The foliage colors up a bit, but does not drop.
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The Parthenocissus tricuspidata (Boston Ivy) is the most reliable autumn foliage color here.  It has not yet fallen, but soon will.
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And that was the garden, on a Monday in November.  Work quickly done, before darkness falls. 


  1. Oh, the Boston Ivy is beautiful.

    1. I like that plant more than I ever thought I would.

  2. Your P. tricuspidata looks lovely against that light wall. Mine has already lost all its leaves, but they were glorious while they lasted! So what got creamed underneath all that tree branch fallout?

    1. A couple of branches of my chartreuse Duranta erecta were snapped off, and the golden Cupressus had some foliage scraped off. I'd let that whole area go because the neighbor's Euc dropped so much crap there. Also the other neighbor planted Ficus right on the property line, and the invasive roots were also ruining the stuff I planted on my side. I stopped watering the whole area and left everything to die rather than encourage more of the invasive Ficus roots, except I do have a dripper run to the Duranta, which was doing well. I am hoping those Ficus roots go into the lawn of the neighbor to which the Ficus belong--let them deal with the monsters. There is some Salvia leucantha in there--it's is hanging on and doing okay despite zero water and almost no sun. Perhaps if I can get the Euc trimmed back the Salvia will be salvageable. There's a foot or more of Euc litter. Hate those trees hanging over.

  3. I am looking forward to see your Ascot rose in flower.


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