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Still Hanging On

November 6th, 2010

After the cold weather and the frosts we’ve been having lately (it was snowing last night when we went to bed), there’s not much left in the garden. I’m pleasantly suprised by the nicotiana that self-seeded in my front flowerbed. It’s still going strong despite the cold.

I thought it was a tender plant, but I guess it’s not as tender as I thought. The pollinators are truly happy that it’s still blooming as well since not much else is.

My mom had some red lettuce this summer that survived some really hot weather without bolting. I always enjoy it when a plant thrives when you don’t think it will or when it withstands things you don’t think it will.

Do you have anything that has surprised you this year in your climate despite heat or cold?

Here’s what I woke up to on Saturday morning:

6 Comments to “Still Hanging On”
  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by mark mile, Susy Morris. Susy Morris said: Still Hanging On #flowers #annuals #nicotiana […]

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  2. Vegetable Garden Cook on November 6, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Beautiful photo! This year sure was strange… cold and wet. Most things I had planted performed poorly, but I certainly had many brassicas to eat!

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  3. Helen on November 6, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Gosh snow already! I think it is good to try the odd plant to see if what the books say is true, especially as our climates are slowly changing

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  4. Kim on November 6, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    If I buy a camera like yours will my photos look as good as yours? Those are amazing! Last night I spent 30 minutes trying to take a picture of a flower and I still couldn’t get it in focus!

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    • Susy on November 8, 2010 at 1:10 pm

      Perhaps, I’m using a Canon 30D I got secondhand from a photographer friends, but you can buy a Canon Rebel XS that you can get lenses for. The

      Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens is a great inexpensive first lens to try. I used this lens exclusively for a year and still use it often.

      For this photo I was using the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM 1-to-1 Macro Lens that Mr Chiots got me for Christmas last year, it’s a great lens that produces great crisp shots like this one.

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      • Kim on November 8, 2010 at 8:51 pm

        Thanks for the advice on this. I really would like to take better photos. I know what’s on my Christmas list now!

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