It was not a lot of rain, but it was enough rain. The precipitation we received over the past 24 hours was probably not more than a quarter of an inch. Even so, that small amount of precipitation is welcome, particularly in October. Since October is traditionally our driest month of the year, it doesn't take a lot of rain to get the soil conditions right. When you combine that rainfall with cooler temperatures it just makes gardening all the more pleasant.
I got to inspect my landscape this week, from my roof. I finally got around to putting those leaf guards in my gutters that I purchased three years ago. When I purchased them, I did not believe it would be three years before I installed them. Enough time has passed, that when I went back to purchase additional product, the brand I purchased this time was completely different, although the product was identical. It just goes to show you, if you put something off long enough… it'll still need to be done.
While on the roof, I couldn't help but notice just how much things had grown over the summer. At over 7 feet in height, my Pee Wee Hydrangeas don't seem all that peewee. I've mentioned it before, but I will have to get those out. I'm thinking Ruby Slippers hydrangea instead. I'm not sure I can slip a change order by the job superintendent, but I think I'll give it a shot.
Another transplant job for this fall is my King Arthur Fig. It is planted directly between two large boxwoods and is growing wonderfully, but way too wonderfully. It will need replanting where it has more space. Fortunately, our friends at Transplant Nurseries have a dwarf Brown Turkey Fig. At about half the growth habit, it should do what I would like: produce ample fruit, and stay within its bounds.
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