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Nov 1, 2019 12:09 AM CST
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Region: Ukraine Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis
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Onward and upward. Last month was grueling for many of us for various reasons. In California the month of October was marred by the fires in the northern and southern halves of our state. This month should mark the start of our rainy season here, putting an end to this year's wildfire season. The rose in the thumbnail photo for this month, therefore, is Singin' in the Rain because that's what we'll be doing.

Here in zone 9 the roses never really go dormant and we don't have enough frost to kill tender new rose growth, so we're able to prune roses whenever we want. I've always waited until December. In the last couple of years, however, I've found that December's too cold to spend lengthy periods outside. I think this year I'll start pruning in November.

This is also the month of our annual photo contest. Photos can be entered in the contest at any time in the first four weeks of the month. Judging will begin on the 29th. Look through your photos and choose some to enter in the contest. There are 20 categories and you can enter five photographs in each category. That's a total of 100 photos you can enter if you have photos corresponding to each and every one of the categories. Here's the page where you can submit your entries. Be sure to read the rules first, and please ask questions if something isn't clear.

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Nov 1, 2019 4:43 AM CST
(Zone 5b)
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Good luck to everyone!
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Nov 1, 2019 11:33 AM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
Lazy Gardener or Melonator
Hurray for Nov. Both of my kids are born in Nov, and one was born in All Saints' day even.
This weekend I will be receiving roses from Antique Rose Emporium from Texas for more rose delivery.
Laziness is a virtue. If I never ask for your help, don’t be offended when I don’t take your advice either.
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Nov 1, 2019 4:51 PM CST
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
Garden Photography Region: Michigan Roses
Time to move past the ghosts and ghoulies and on to the Turkeys! I know Christmas stuff is already on the shelves everywhere but I like to really celebrate Thanksgiving. I don't think it gets its fair attention. Taking time to give thanks for all the blessings we have and sharing that with our family and friends is important! So THANK YOU to all my friends here at garden.org for sharing your knowledge, companionship and lives with me!
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Nov 1, 2019 5:31 PM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
Lazy Gardener or Melonator
Seil, I was thinking the same thing. Now that Halloween is over, we can focus on Thanksgiving. And after that it's Christmas, then New Year. Then after that, it's Spring. It's always nice here in Spring. My favorite season.
Laziness is a virtue. If I never ask for your help, don’t be offended when I don’t take your advice either.
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Nov 1, 2019 5:44 PM CST
Moderator
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Region: Ukraine Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis
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I also prefer spring to all other seasons. My family never celebrated Thanksgiving. Christmas was a big deal when I was growing up and when my son was growing up. These days it doesn't mean much to me. New Year's was always just a time to avoid other drivers. Spring, though, has never lost its charm, especially after the start of Daylight Saving Time.
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Nov 1, 2019 9:52 PM CST
Name: Lola
Tasmania
Region: Australia Birds Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Farmer Irises
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I know I promised glamour shots of Flo before and after shearing but It was decided that it would be best to only crutch the lambs instead of fully shearing them. They still got the louse treatment because their wool was short enough and fine enough for the solution to get through. I have taken the liberty of photoshopping to show how gorgeous Flo would have been with the full treatment.
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Little Flo trying to hide among the others. The unshorn ones are the lambs so you can see just how tiny she is compared to her friends.

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Flo being wigged and crutched.

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Maybe the pearls are too much...
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Nov 1, 2019 10:31 PM CST
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Region: Ukraine Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis
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No, the pearls are essential. Now that's glamour!
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Nov 1, 2019 10:40 PM CST
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Region: Ukraine Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis
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Nice, Margie! I love the light shining through Gruss an Aachen, and Gift of Life is beautiful. Is it new in your garden? I don't remember seeing any other photos of it.
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Nov 1, 2019 10:54 PM CST
Name: Margie
NY (Zone 7a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Photo Contest Winner 2020 Garden Ideas: Level 1
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It's still a itsy bitsy one cane wonder - lol
I can see why you don't recall it, I would like to forget about this incident too. However, maybe it was a blessing.
Observe, observe, observe
We are fortunate to "see" & appreciate nature in ways others are blind.
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Nov 1, 2019 11:17 PM CST
Name: Margie
NY (Zone 7a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Photo Contest Winner 2020 Garden Ideas: Level 1
zuzu said:Nice, Margie! I love the light shining through Gruss an Aachen


Yes, it's great when you can catch that backlight glow - timing is everything...
Observe, observe, observe
We are fortunate to "see" & appreciate nature in ways others are blind.
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Nov 2, 2019 10:21 AM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
Lazy Gardener or Melonator
I like Brass Band, Gift of Life, the Lady, and Over the Moon.
Laziness is a virtue. If I never ask for your help, don’t be offended when I don’t take your advice either.
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Nov 2, 2019 10:40 AM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
Lazy Gardener or Melonator
Tiny Julia Child, but it's now finally planted, no longer in pot.


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Coffee Country, I might move this rose this weekend.



Laziness is a virtue. If I never ask for your help, don’t be offended when I don’t take your advice either.
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Nov 2, 2019 10:51 AM CST
Name: Margie
NY (Zone 7a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Photo Contest Winner 2020 Garden Ideas: Level 1
Love the russet coloring in Coffee Country - unique! Thanks for sharing your photos SoCalGardenNut
Observe, observe, observe
We are fortunate to "see" & appreciate nature in ways others are blind.
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Nov 2, 2019 12:13 PM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
Lazy Gardener or Melonator
Thanks Maggie. It's supposed to be more coffee color.

I think my roses have the chilli thrips problem again. I need to spray them. My husband's removal of the plumbago plant must have transferred them to the roses.

This morning my husband planted True Passion and Black and bloom salvia, plus 3 more Salvia plants right next to the very thorny roses from J&P. This will allow me a walkway to the lemon tree. I think I might have a spot for Violet's Pride after all, lol. I also planted a lot of blue lobelia near the edge of Savannah and Earth Angel, both for a bit of contrast and also for holding the dirt.
Laziness is a virtue. If I never ask for your help, don’t be offended when I don’t take your advice either.
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Nov 2, 2019 8:59 PM CST
Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
Roses
Lola, I love the pictures of Flo. Had to check out videos on youtube as to what wigging and crutching were. Love learning something new every day. BTW, I think the pearls just make the beautiful wool outfit she is wearing!

Margie, beautiful roses! Stunning pictures.

SoCal, sorry to hear about the thrips again. They are just a total nuisance in So Cal.
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Nov 2, 2019 9:15 PM CST
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
Garden Photography Region: Michigan Roses
Lola, Flo looks Ooh La La!

Gorgeous roses and photos, Margie!
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Nov 3, 2019 10:36 AM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
Lazy Gardener or Melonator
Wedgewood




Heirloom, a little pinker than I expect



Laziness is a virtue. If I never ask for your help, don’t be offended when I don’t take your advice either.
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Nov 3, 2019 11:37 AM CST
SW Ohio River Valley (Zone 6b)
That's hilarious!This thread is so entertaining as well as educational. Now I have a new word in my vocabulary!

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