Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Wettest month on record was good for something

Finally got outside in the garden yesterday - two hours of weeding and cleaning up. The sun was out, the neighborhood blessedly quiet. (Love it when everyone goes away.)

Wettest month on record was good for something

Finally got outside in the garden yesterday - two hours of weeding and cleaning up. The sun was out, the neighborhood blessedly quiet. (Love it when everyone goes away.)

I picked some raspberries, clipped some herbs, chopped down some moldy evening primroses, removed black spotted leaves from the roses, found two tomatoes - aptly named 'Fourth of July' - and cut some anise hyssop and coneflowers to bring inside.

Now that the houseguests have gone home, the rain has stopped (temporarily), temperatures - at least yesterday - were more reasonable and the humidity seemed bearable. Too bad our guests had such a stinky run of it. Tell me: When is a good time for out-of-town folks to visit this place?

Wish they'd seen this view from the sunporch at dinner time last night. All the rain seems to have done one nice thing: It's brought out masses of daisies and coneflowers, which were literally crawling with bees and insects. It was quite a show.

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
About this blog
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 .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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