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Gardening in America
September's Patio, 2004

by Nancy Fletcher

      This year of 2004, the patio in front was where we stashed this or that exotic plant. The years we had our faithful “foreman,”  have come and gone.  Before he left though,  the sprigs of plants shared with us have grown to quite sizeable specimens.

     As September is upon us and we know it will be just a matter of time before we have to pull these pots os frost endangered plants into the house. Of course, they give us pleasure through the wintry months with their continued greenery. On the other hand,  we will miss the quiet moments early in the morning with the sun coming up while we have a sip of sweet tea. Warm gentle mornings turn into blazing days in Oklahoma,  of course.  For the time we lingered in our little sanctuary we are fortified for whatever the day has to dump upon us.

      The Poplar trees in the background are a gift from someone who sells them on line. This is the second year for them and look at the height they have achieved! These delightful trees are being grown all over the world in order to meet the growing demand for paper. Humble as they are the trees still cleanse the run off water, hold the soil with their roots and the wide leaves on this variety promises the mulch we need on this hillside.

      So now, though we've lost the “foreman,” retirement has given me a better worker through my husband's talents. Instead of having to continually do a balancing act for keeping up with chores there is someone now at my side who takes up the slack for keeping things ship shape (excuse me, he wasn't a sailor but a Marine) around here.

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