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Orrington, MAINE USA

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Pachysandra Chorus

Bundle up, and open up. No time like now to get out and relish the December garden.


Green stars: Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae and Pachysandra terminalis

Photo: Allen Bush

By Allen Bush

I love Thanksgiving and don’t like to see it veer into the shopping season before leftovers are gone.  Days become shorter (but they do drag on) in December.  Blessedly after Christmas, there will be no more grit your teeth trips to the mall. But face it, until the solstice (let’s be honest and say: April) it’s slim pickings for good cheer.  Wet, cold and gray arrived a few weeks ago. There is always Handel’s Messiah.

It could be worse than drizzly and 40 F (5 C).  Winter months in Kentucky feature a long-playing version, with puny snowfalls, interrupted by crippling ice storms. This proves my point:  It could be worse.  Ice storms take-out power lines and the furnace. The fantasy of a warm hearth and visions of chestnuts roasting on an open fire… without a working furnace, it’s holiday hokum. Every morning I walk from the front door to the street to pick-up the newspapers or get in the car; and the oak leaf hydrangea Hydrangea quercifolia is the one ornament I look for. The faded, dry brown blooms, and the lingering red foliage, come face to face with self-pity.

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Posted by Julie on 12/19 at 09:52 PM
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