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December 26, 2012 - Janet DelTurco
Holiday wishes and hopes for a happy new year to anyone reading this (if any!) We finally got our white Christmas just a day late, but it is coming down steadily and by tomorrow morning there should be a good covering for the perennials and shrubs. The snow is a great insulator when it settles on the leaves and sticks that mulch those plants that still show above the ground. and keeps the temperature even for them. I did cut back most things, but grew a bit lazy when the fall kept bringing warmish days, and some jobs did not get finished. It doesn't matter whether perennials get cut back in fall or spring, but I like it to look somewhat tidy. I planted a lot of daffodils back in October, and some of them grew a little too ambitious and started to peek through by the front door. Now they have realized their mistake and know that they should be growing roots only and waiting a while for leaf production. The plants in the house are doing well. Most of them were banished upsrairs a few weeks ago when I decided that my desk in the window is the best place for the Christmas village. I had to leave the desk without a permanent chair as the disobedient dogs like to sit on the desk and yap at anyone with the temerity to walk by. The plants didn't mind, but the little lighted cottages would not be so forgiving. Two signs of spring have appeared already. The catalogs are gracing the mailbox, and the dead-looking geranium stalks in the basement have some green leaf shoots appearing. It is too early to do anything about either of these signs yet. but the time will be here in a few weeks. Christmas is lasting longer this year as my daughter who lives in Nashville had to work, and will not be here with her husband until the 27th. So there will be another big Christmas dinner with all the family on Sunday.Yesterday my granddaughter's husband Tom cooked our steaks outside on the grill. Once the flames died down he needed a flashlight to check doneness. Next year I will be sure to get one of those worklights at the ready. But he did a wonderful job in the cold drizzle and they were delicious.
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