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November 06, 2011

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Wendy

Gorgeous photos - thanks! My son was born 8 years ago on Nov 4 and it was the first big freeze that year too - and it stayed frozen for a full 5 days. Seems like we get early November frosts as the norm anymore. Wish it wouldn't freeze and stay frozen so long. When the tag says the plant can live if it dips down to 5* - is that 5* for a night or a month?! :)

valerie Easton

Hi Christina,
That mosaic ball is by Vashon artist Clare Dohna - I love her work...she hand fires each of those little mosaic bits and her work is totally frost proof and can be left outside all winter....you can see more of her work at www.claredohna.com
Val

valerie Easton

Hi Ruth, I agree about this autumn being exceptionally long lasting and beautiful...I'd guess that the leaves have hung on so long because trees and shrubs didn't suffer a long drought or much heat this summer...and we haven't had as much rain and wind as we often due in late October and the first week of November...we must be due!
Val

Ruth

Val, love the pics. It seems to me that our fall color is better than I have ever seen in nearly 30 years in the PNW. Can you speculate why? I was just in Boston, and their fall color has been nil. I'd love to know more about this!

Christina

Pretty pix even if the sparkls are a death knell for the leaves. Hey, what is the story behind that flower-bedecked ball in the last photo? It looks as if it is made of concrete with bits attached...? Who made that/where'd you get it? Love it!

Jessi

Beautiful picture of the maple Val! Some of mine haven't even started turning color yet!

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