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Squirrels 3: Rob and Jeannie 0.

The baffler I ordered last week was way too heavy for this 2-litre set up. But I had saved one of Katie’s “Cone of Shame” dog collars from a previous vet trip, so we thought that might do the trick. Not. See photo left, below. Sigh. My white flag up. For now. As I write, there is a TEAM of squirrels working for the seed. One is trying to work his way down through the opening at the top part of the cone, who also appears to be chewing the plastic of the soda jug while shaking the seeds down to his friends waiting in the garden bed below. They have a remarkable capacity for the “figure-out-able.” But they really ought to consider moderation. After all, there is a resident dog who can on occasion turn on her after burners and at least give them a chance to scold her from the fence post after she chases them up, away from the seed, if just for a few minutes.

This week’s weather brought down nearly all the rest of the leaves. It is nostalgic, but in that, I think not as much about what has left, but what I get to keep. As much as I love to see the first blush of leaves in the spring, I really love to see the PROMISE of the buds for spring already visible on the trees right now. In this season of closing, we have also the season of what is yet to come. Gardens provide an abundance of hope.

Here are a few of my “keepers” from this year’s season, all of which I am so thankful to have experienced. I have said this in many newsletters:
1.Mary Ellen’s dahlias. Generously shared in the spring, these tubers have multiplied with the same spirit. I dug them out on Sunday and will have lots and lots to share next year myself. These Swan Island tubers were just spectacular and the weather (another thing for which to give thanks) had much to do with that. I get to keep a whole lot of super juicy photos to warm me all winter in dahlia dreams.
2. Getting back to the weather, I didn’t have to drag the hose much at all, a chore I cannot stand. My rain barrel kept all the containers hydrated without the need for municipal water. Due to consistent rainfall, the garden chores were easier and that is always something to appreciate. I was able to spend more time looking and less time working it.
3. Just a fantastic season for tomatoes. And pesto. And a finale with a bumper crop of peppers and eggplant.
4. Lots of very nice design clients came my way. I hope to have new installations to share by mid summer next year. Along with this the opportunity to do what I truly love–design gardens and help guide gardeners to enjoy their gardens even more. I tip my hat to my installers, the fine men at Outdoor Solutions and their office manager, Nancy, who keeps it all together.
5. We crafted a “Mr. greenjean’s” planter from recycled jeans and sold the prototype model at the end of the market season. There are two “new and vastly improved” versions which are for sale and you can see them at the SoHa Party on the 13th.
6. I want to also thank all of you, gentle readers, for the time you have shared reading these Thursday newsletters. I am happy to report that your readership devotion place this newsletter approaching double that of newsletters in the home and garden category for read-rates. I am very grateful. Gardens and gardening are rewarding in and of themselves. But sharing them in thoughts and words is so good too. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. Cheers!

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