Re: [gardeners] It must be winter

Ron Hay (
Fri, 06 Dec 2002 07:25:21 -0800

Hello, Penny,

I know how unusual this snowfall is. When I attended SUNY Albany, we
usually got our first light snowfall the weekend of Thanksgiving, but
downstate, there was little, if any, most years, before the end of
December. As a kid, I often wished for a white Christmas, but seldom had

My family on Long Island said there has been an unusual number of
accidents, since there has been so little snow for the past few years in
the Metro area. I drew the analogy to what it will be like here in L.A.,
driving in the rain, since we, too, have had so little experience
driving in any form of precipitation for several years. Last year we
only had 4" of rain all  year.

I will be thinking of your extremely brave clematis vine as I putter
about today, waiting for an escrow to close.

This morning, I will cut down the remaining Mexican sage and about half
of the larger, yellow, butterfly bush, which is already just about a
foot below our power lines,  and we certainly don't want them flailing
about during a howling rainstorm or Santa Ana. I would cut it all the
way down, but we will have run out of green cans, the ones the city
instructs us to put yard waste in, for purposes of composting.

Jim is truly remarkable! In Japan he would likely be labeled "a national
treasure." I just hope he doesn't take a serious spill on all  that
slippery stuff, because I don't think he would take kindly to being
immobilized in a cast!

Enjoy the beauty of the snow....from a safe distance, inside!