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The Perfect Day

October 22nd, 2009

I think yesterday may have been the perfect day. It was sunny and warm, with the high hitting 70 or slightly above. I spent the day working in the garden soaking up the sun and getting some much needed vitamin D after the weeks and weeks of dull dreary weather.
I was able to get a lot accomplished in the 4-5 hours I spent working outside. I emptied more pots and the pile on my back deck keeps growing, I’m about a third of the way through. I still have a lot on the front porch that housed tomatoes through the summer. All of the spent potting soil will be added to my flowerbeds as a mulch and any leftovers will be put in the compost pile.
I planted some Mediterranean White Heather on the back hillside. I had to build a few small rock walls to help retain the soil which I amended for these plants. They’ll provide some much needed winter interest since they bloom in winter. I have some Mediterranean Pink Heather on my front hillside and it is quite lovely. I noticed on the plant tag that it said they were zone 6 plants, when I bought pink ones 3 years ago they were listed at zone 5, hmmmm. They’re supposed to be tough little plants that can take cold dry exposed areas, which is exactly where I planted them. I’ll let you know how they come through the winter.
All-in-all I’m very pleased with the amount of garden chores I was able to check off my list. I still have many more of course, the most important being the planting of my garlic. I plan on spending a few hours in the garden again today making the most of our Indian Summer!

How do you classify “The Perfect Day” in the garden?

9 Comments to “The Perfect Day”
  1. pam on October 22, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Alas, I haven’t done much work in my garden lately. Once school starts back, the garden that I lovingly tended to all summer, is on it’s own.
    .-= pam´s last blog ..Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Cheese Tortellini =-.

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  2. annie avery on October 22, 2009 at 8:53 am

    perfect day: no bugs, mud or dry caked soil.. seeing the creatures hop about: snakes, toads, rabbits. a nice harvest of anything i might have planted. this was my first year for this 75 by 75 foot space and it was terrible wet.. i am not even planting garlic this fall.. oh, and another part of the perfect day.. finally standing up when the work is done and not feeling these 55+ year-old bones NOT creak.. ..

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    • Susy on October 22, 2009 at 10:12 pm

      I hear you on the no bugs stuff!!!!!

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  3. AlizaEss on October 22, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Gorgeous photos! Can I just say that I aspire to one day have a blog like yours!
    .-= AlizaEss´s last blog ..Pears =-.

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    • Susy on October 22, 2009 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks, you’re sweet!

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  4. the inadvertent farmer on October 22, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Glass of lemonade…80 degrees…weeding done. Kids eating tomatoes off the vine, camel keeping to his side of the fence…me in a beautiful white summer dress with large brimmed hat. LOL…yep those are the kind of days that don’t exist…well at least the dress part!

    Glad you enjoyed yours! Kim
    .-= the inadvertent farmer´s last blog ..Roasted Peppers Playing With My Food Again! =-.

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    • Susy on October 22, 2009 at 10:13 pm

      A white dress and kids with tomatoes, and a camel to top it all off!

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  5. Joe on October 23, 2009 at 5:48 am

    That cosmos picture is beautiful! Glad to hear you had a good day…I can’t wait to see how the garlic turns out!

    The weather here in San Luis Obispo has been extreme: 7.5 inches of rain in one day, and then two days later it was 94 degrees!
    .-= Joe´s last blog ..Agave =-.

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  6. pete on October 28, 2009 at 7:44 am

    if your readers are looking for more information on USDA plant hardiness zones, there is a detailed, interactive USDA plant hardiness zone map at

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