Saturday, July 4, 2015

Surviving the storm

It isn't often that trouble bypasses the city, and I wouldn't go so far as to say that's what just happened. Lots of friends in city neighborhoods lost power - and trees. But my house was pretty much spared. Minor damage to my car from flying plywood and enough sticks and leaves came down to keep me working all weekend, but no power outage, no downed trees, no damage to the house.

Surviving the storm

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It isn't often that trouble bypasses the city, and I wouldn't go so far as to say that's what just happened. Lots of friends in city neighborhoods lost power - and trees. But my house was pretty much spared. Minor damage to my car from flying plywood and enough sticks and leaves came down to keep me working all weekend, but no power outage, no downed trees, no damage to the house.

Unlike the camelias, whose pink petals were literally tossed to the winds, this lovely little hellebore made it through just fine. It's a little bit early for these guys, no? But what a cheery sight.

Inquirer Staff Writer
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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

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