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Thoughts of cool November are tough. As we move forward into November, the days still get one minute shorter each evening. Colorful pansies with faces add a lot of brightness, beauty and color to cold November days. Their dark green foliage adds a lot to the patio and porch.
To keep them healthy, water them once a week. Feed the pansies with Flower-Tone organic flower food or pansy booster in 1 pound bags from garden departments and hardware stores. You can also feed the pansies with Miracle-Gro plant food mixed with an appropriate amount of water in a watering can and poured around the base of the pansies.
Even in November, pansies can still be planted. Pansy plants are still available at Walmart, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, and most nurseries and hardware stores. Pansies are tough and will bloom until spring.
Maintenance of roses in November. As November progresses, it’s time to pay attention to the rosebushes and prepare them for the winter season which will arrive later next month.
Cut off any long canes that could cause damage to ice and sleet during the winter months. Remove all withered flowers and rose hips. Apply a layer of bone meal around the base of the roses to promote strong root growth during the winter. Add Rose-Tone organic rose food and dig into the ground. Add a layer of crushed leaves to protect the rose bushes during the winter months. All of these steps will pave the way for big roses in 2021.
Preparing fall leaves for a harvest table display. The leaves can be used with cream pumpkins, jack-be-little pumpkins, Hershey’s fall kisses, and Indian corn to make a centerpiece with pilgrim and turkey candles. To help make the leaves last during the Thanksgiving season, melt a stick of beeswax and dip the leaves in the wax.
Another week or two to prune the conifers. November is a good time to shape and prune conifers and azaleas. We have about a month before it’s time to decorate Christmas trees outdoors and now is the best time to shape conifers with decoration in mind. Pruning and shaping will also protect evergreens from damage by snow and ice.
Lots of juncos and chickadees at the feeders. As the days of November turn chilly, juncos, chickadees, and sparrows flock to bird feeders in search of a quick meal. They are more active each day and your feeder will become a welcome addition to their food supply. They are also fun to watch from the porch. Cardinals are active and definitely add an early Christmas touch with their red color.
Fill feeders daily and replenish birdbaths with fresh water. Clear ice from birdbaths every morning after freezing temperatures.
Looking for a hidden Christmas decoration. Many leaves fell from the trees, leaving bare branches exposed. They can reveal an artistic bird’s nest that can be carefully removed and turned into an unusual Christmas tree ornament. Some birds make nests from twigs, but the best Christmas decoration is a nest made of straw and grass, which looks like it was woven together.
When you find one, carefully remove it. Spray it with several coats of clear polish and let it dry. Add several glass eggs to complete the ornament. Find a small box to store the ornament and wrap the nest in layers of paper towels or toilet paper. The nest will last for many Christmases.
A little extra greenery inside the house. It is always good to have something green inside the house during the winter months and late fall. There are two green items that will easily grow during fall and winter inside your home. If you have a lot of onions in the garden, place two or three sets in a container of potting soil and place the container near a sunny window. They will grow quickly and the tops can be cut and used in salads.
Another green item that produces colorful flowers is the white paper bulb narcissus that can be planted in a container of potting soil and brought home. If they are planted this next week, they will be in bloom by Christmas. As Christmas approaches, you can decorate the container with red or green foil.
The thirty dark evenings are with us. With the end of daylight saving time and the days shortening by one minute each evening, there is now a lot of early darkness and it is difficult to adjust to it. We now have four months in our early 30s.
A pumpkin caramel bread pudding. We are in the season when anything that contains pumpkin tastes good. A bread pudding recipe with lots of simple ingredients is tailor-made for a fall evening meal.
You will need a 15-ounce can of Libby Pumpkin, a 3-ounce can of Instant Butterscotch Jello Pudding Mix, two eggs, a cup of light brown sugar, a tablespoon soup of pumpkin pie spice, half a cup of milk, a teaspoon of vanilla, four of the dog buns or hamburger buns and half a cup of water.
Pass the hot dog buns through the blender in “toast” mode. Beat eggs and pumpkin-pumpkin pie spice with shredded hot dog buns. Add the other ingredients and mix well. Spray a 13x9x2-inch baking dish or pan with Pam cooking spray. Pour the pudding ingredients into the mold. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until stiff. Top with Cool Whip or Dream Whip when pudding cools.
Fresh splendor in November. November is the month of tan lawns, trees that have mostly bare branches, a cool, chilly breeze, and a Carolina blue sky dotted with puffy marshmallow clouds.
The color of green is present, and we see it in cedars, pines and honeysuckle vines and their color is enhanced by the background of the trunks and branches of mighty oaks, maples, poplars and birches, of hickory and dogwood.
The leaves that once covered the trees now form a blanket under them. The garden plot has its share of greenery from onion tips, kale, mustard greens, turnips, broccoli and cabbage.
The splendor of November reaches the glory of autumn and another season is on its way with the days of November.
The Christmas cactus investment that pays off year after year. The Christmas cactus is the plant that continues to impart color and beauty year after year. They can be enjoyed in any season and reward us every Christmas season with their delicate red, white, pink and coral flowers.
November is the time to buy a Christmas cactus at most nurseries, hardware stores, Walmart, Lowe’s, and Home Depot. They cost between $ 5 and $ 10 depending on the size.
When buying a cactus, buy a bag of cactus potting soil and a larger container, and repot the cactus as soon as you get home. The cactus you buy now has a plus because it will be in full bloom and you will know the color you choose.
A bit of November “Mudhole Lore”. November can bring a bit of cold weather, but we hope it is nothing like that weather tradition (or boring!). This tradition says, “If a mud hole in the middle of November has ice that can support a duck, the rest of November will be just sleet and mud.” We certainly hope it’s just lore or boredom. We prefer to have melted snow than mud!
Hoe-Hoe-Hoedown: “Age has privileges.” An older woman was driving a big, expensive car that was brand new. She was preparing to step back into a parallel park in empty space. Suddenly a young man in a small sports car zoomed into space. The older lady got out of her car and angrily wanted to know why he had done this when he could clearly see that she was trying to park there. The young man’s response was, “Because I’m young and so fast. When the young man returned a few minutes later, the lady was using her luxury car as a bulldozer against the sports car. Now the young man was angry and asked her why she was hitting his car. The lady’s response was, “Because I’m older I’m crazy and I’m very rich too!” “