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Sunday

I stayed up very late reading Avengers and Avengers-related graphic novels that I borrowed from the library.

Later: I got up for the day around 9-something a.m.  It was fairly cold in the morning, so I figured it would be all right to have the oven on for a little while.  I baked pre-made biscuits, nothing spectacular as far as cooking skills, but tasty and very nice with butter and rhubarb-strawberry jam.

After brunch and some Sunday morning CNN watching, I went out and did yardwork for a few hours.  It was cold outside, but I had a hoodie I'd worn to do yardwork the previous week, plus latex gloves and a mask for mixing up systemic insecticide/fertilizer for my plants, and then watering the plants with that.  Dad ended up using a vice grip to open the bottle of the stuff.

After that project, I clipped grass around the "crocus garden" by the driveway and around the coneflowers.  Once I'd clipped the grass and pulled the weeds out from around the coneflowers, I put mulch around the coneflowers and on the little areas where I've been planting crocuses, daffodils, daylilies, and grape hyacinths.
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Saturday

I should go to bed pretty soon.

Later: I don't think that I went to bed "soon," but I think I got up at a relatively reasonable hour of the morning.

Mom and I went out and about, including making it to the library, where I got more Avengers and Young Avengers graphic novels.

We got home right before a thunderstorm started, and we didn't feel ambitious about going out again.  I read my graphic novels. 
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Thursday

I don't have to be anywhere Thursday, as far as I can remember.  I plan to go to bed fairly soon, though.

Later: Mom and I made it to the church library and worked on getting the correct ISBN numbers for fiction.  I was able to do it pretty fast.

I didn't feel well in the morning, but it must have been allergies.  I felt better later in the day.  I rested some during the day.  I walked around outside a couple of times to look at my plants.  Some of the roses are getting too tall for their hardware cloth cages.  I'll switch some of the hardware cloth and chicken wire of different heights around.  I enjoyed seeing what was in the church garden this time of year, also.  I think one of the sorts of plants blooming now is known as a "blackberry lily."
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Wednesday

I don't absolutely need to go to bed soon, but I should.

Later: I made it to an in-person appointment in time, amazingly enough.  When I got home, I worked out in the yard for a while, and then got to a virtual appointment on time.  That was all pretty productive, for me.
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Tuesday

I should go to sleep pretty soon.

Retrospectively: I think I actually did go to sleep "pretty soon."  I got up for the day around 9:30 a.m.

It turned out that my little data entry job had been moved to another location, so I didn't have to work after all, and won't be any more.  I'm sure I'll find something else to get me out of the house for a little while each week.  The line editing jobs I have keep my mind very busy every week.

Mom and I went on a productive trip to the grocery store.  We said hi to Z. and talked to P. for a bit while we were in her line.

When we got home, I went around and looked at my flowers.  The roses I planted yesterday look okay.  'La Reine' got uprooted a couple of times as I tried to wrap hardware cloth and chicken wire around it, but it seems to be all right now.  'Carefree Beauty' looked like she'd settle in okay.  The 'Mme. Lemoine' lilac I planted near her is what got somewhat battered with the hardware cloth wrapping I put around both plants, but it looked like it still had some green leaf buds.

The 'Mme. Lemoine' lilac I planted by the 'Botzaris' rose and whatever else had leaf buds when I planted it, and has leaves now.

'The Fairy' rose has a couple of flowers opening at the tops of clusters of buds.  The plant has at least five clusters of buds, and going strong.  It's had several flushes of bloom from Spring to now, and an abundant amount of flowers each time.  It's a true repeat-bloomer.
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Monday

I'll go to sleep at some point...

Later: I actually went to sleep relatively early.  I think I got up around 9:00 a.m.

I went out in the late morning to work in the yard.  I planted most of the rest of the 'Sky Blue' grape hyacinths, and the Muscari latifolium ones.  I'll offer a couple to friends.  I planted all of the 'Cloth of Gold' crocus today.  I planted a bunch of 'Tete-a-Tete' daffodil bulbs and some of the "regular" floppy-leaved hyacinths and 'Cheerfulness' and 'Yellow Cheerfulness' daffodils.  Also I planted some tiger lily bulbils.

I came in for a late lunch, and then went back out to work.  I lopped back weedy trees and grapevines in the former rose garden that currently has some daffodils in it, and one iris remaining from the ones I planted there.  It has a couple of big lilacs in front of the garden, facing the west side of the house.  It had been several years since that area had any roses in it.  In the cleared space, I planted a 'Carefree Beauty' rose and a 'Mme Lemoine' lilac.  I wrapped them in hardware cloth.  I planted the last of the roses I needed to plant, 'La Reine.'  I wrapped that in hardware cloth also.  It feels good to know that all the roses that I expect to get this year are planted, and all but one of the lilacs.  I feel a sense of accomplishment.

In the late evening, I finally watched "Black Widow."
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Sunday

And again I should get to bed soon, so I can go out and do yard work during the day if it isn't raining.

Later: I didn't go to bed "soon."  I got caught up in finding digitized old garden books, and stayed up late.

The weather was pretty miserable, quite damp.  I had a quiet day inside, but that was okay.  Hopefully I can plant more bulbs tomorrow. 
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Saturday

I went to sleep relatively early.  I woke up a couple of times in the night, but went back to bed until a little after 9:00 a.m., which isn't bad.

I finished reading Two Gardeners in the morning.  I went out in the early afternoon to work on my plants.  I didn't end up doing any digging, but I put a lot of rewritten labels in place, including for the plants I had planted on Thursday.  I cut back some dead lily stalks.  I'm assuming that lilies are just going relatively dormant for the winter.  It's that time for some kinds of lilies, for the above-ground part to die back.

I weeded in the section of the vegetable garden where my irises are currently living.  I took out a lot of small weeds with little round leaves -- chickweed?  I found pieces of rhizomes for most of the irises I had planted there in the summer of 2020, and possibly for some I'd planted there in the spring of 2021.  The iris borers had been busy, because several of the rhizomes had large rotten sections.  I didn't dig in that section of the garden, so I didn't see the iris borers.  I did see holes bored through some of the "skins" of defunct sections of rhizomes.

Also there could have been some rot simply because the weather has been very damp for most of autumn so far, after a summer of fairly frequent rain.  I think we've gotten more rainfall than usual for the year.  I wish we could have somehow shared all the rainwater we got with the drought- and fire-plagued West Coast.

Most of the still-solid pieces of iris rhizomes I found had new, small leaves sprouting from the edges, so they're still trying.  There were two separate plants of Iris pallida Dalmatica planted there.  The one by the northern side of that section of the garden was still alive.  I didn't find any trace of the one on the other side.  I found the tips of the leaves of a confused hyacinth.  I wouldn't have thought it had gotten the period of chilling that hyacinths need.  I'm pretty sure that's one of the reddish-purple ones I got cheap in a 2020 post-Easter sale of plants at our usual grocery store.  From what I've seen in bulb catalogs, that could be the cultivar 'Woodstock.'

The Easter lily's long stem was dying back at the base when I took the tomato cage out from around it a couple of weeks ago.  That left me with a separated stem with bulbils along leaf axils, or former leaf axils, since the leaves on the stem had mostly died off.  The rosette of leaves at the very top of the stem was still green.  I broke off the top and stuck it in the soil, and planted the bulbils in the pot.  Some already had leaves of their own while they were still on the stem.  Today I took a look at what had been the top of the stem, where many of the leaves of the rosette were still green a couple of weeks later.  There were a couple of what would technically be bulblets, since they were underground, sprouting along that last bit of stem under the rosette of leaves.  They even had roots.  I stuck it back in the soil of the pot, since that piece of lily was still live and reproducing.  The big bulb is most likely still down there in the pot, too, possibly with actual bulblets attached.

More of the stems of the pink Asiatic lilies were dying back from the top, and I nipped off the dead stems.  I also did so for the Regal lily that I'd transplanted.  A lot of the the leaves of other Regal lilies, the ones I hadn't transplanted, are dead now too, as that also seems to be going dormant at the right time.  The stems of one of the sorts of tiger lilies near the big magnolia have died back, too.  I'm not sure if they're the single or double tiger lilies.  I took a lot of bulbils off the stems of what were probably the single tiger lilies a few days ago, and need to plant those.

The lilies I have that produce bulbils are the tiger lilies, the Easter lily, and the Orienpet lily.  The Orienpet is a cross between an Oriental lily and a trumpet lily.  The Easter lily is a trumpet lily.  The tiger lily is a sort of lily with very reflexed petals, in a totally different family.  I know the 'Uchida' lilies form bulblets.  I planted a couple of unidentified bulblets that had leaves and roots in the herb garden a few weeks ago.  One still has leaves.  They're not a rosette, and they're not on a stem.  Perhaps I'll find out next year.

The original strawberry plant that survived a late planting in the spring of 2020 and survived the winter in a pot in the vegetable garden, and the offset from a runner that lived in a pot with irises for some time, both seem to be getting well-established in the herb garden.  Both have runners with at least a couple of "daughter" plants that have rooted into the ground.

The iris named 'Catherine' that's in the pot with the Easter lily -- lilies -- is doing well.  I'd done labels for the irises I transplanted from the raised bed the other day, and put them in place.