Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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White autumn

So much for the "green autumn" theory, that fall isn't the end of the gardening season. The weekend's snow and ice - and cold! - did in a lot of greenery. I did find this tough little clematis, warmed against the stone of my southeast-facing garage, but it probably won't last long.

White autumn

So much for the "green autumn" theory, that fall isn't the end of the gardening season. The weekend's snow and ice - and cold! - did in a lot of greenery. I did find this tough little clematis, warmed against the stone of my southeast-facing garage, but it probably won't last long.

On Friday, I picked the last fig and filled two large bowls with green tomatoes. Didn't finish pulling the tomato plants out, but they're done. Even the cold-hardy camelias looked wrinkled up. And what about all those leaves?

Fall seems prematurely truncated, despite the rowers you saw on the Schuylkill this morning. Hoping for warmer temps as the week rolls on, for more reasons than the garden. My house is without heat! 

Now that's a trick-or-treat surprise.

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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