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06:08 pm: Rain in the Night
I was up late last night and went out to get the newspaper at 4:30am, right before I went to bed. As I stepped out, the rain started gently and it was so quiet I could hear the tap, tap, taptap and I could smell the dirt getting wet. I stayed out for a bit to enjoy it.

Earlier, I had ushered a tiny cricket out, and on the way to bed, I had to take two others out. I think I have a cricket nest somewhere.

I correspondingly slept late today and haven't done much other than watering the mum (which seems to have its flowers dying -- anybody know if that means I should throw it out?), filling the bird feeder, getting the mail, and now doing laundry.

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From:capemaynuts
Date:November 9th, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
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Dead head your mum and you might get more flowers. If nothing else it'll look nicer for a little longer. Dead heading is simply cutting off the dead flowers. It makes some plants produce more flowers in an attempt to get seeds. Mums can be grown as a perenial but you have to be willing to put a little effort into it. I've never bothered, but have had some come back on their own. I had planted a mauve colored one in my shade garden and it came back for 3 years. What I think finally killed it, was a hot, extremely dry summer. Mums like to stay moist. So keep on watering your mum.
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 9th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
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Thanks! I've been pinching the dead flowers off with my fingers and throwing them behind the holly bush to decay. It's in a pot on a plate on a table on my porch and there's no way I could put it into the ground. It does have new buds making flowers, which is why I'm not just throwing it out. I'm glad to hear watering and deadheading is the right thing!
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From:fimbrethil
Date:November 9th, 2008 04:55 am (UTC)
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You are doing the right thing. You can actually bring it inside. You can cut it back a bit and bring it in to a not too warm place at first so as not to shock it. The you can move it to a warmer place in the house. I had one in the house for a few years and put it out in the summer and it did fine.
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 9th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
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I still have the air conditioning on in the condo -- it's so tight that if I just turn everything off, I'll have 76F in a few hours -- so I could bring it in to the guest bathroom. I keep that door shut and it's coldest in there. I took the mum outdoors when it started dropping what I assume were seeds and it was making a mess that I couldn't clean up. It seems to have stopped that now.

When you say cut it back a bit, are there rules about above joints or below them?

(The condo will eventually need heat, but we have to have a week or so of the 50s to get that cool in here.)
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From:serge_lj
Date:November 9th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
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I usually wake up at 4:30am, after an average of 5 hours of sleep. I can function, thanks to large amounts of coffee. Yesterday though, I was so sleepy all day that I went to sleep at 9pm and woke up at 6am. That felt good.
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 9th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I bet! I think this is my natural sleep state -- lights out at 4am, up at noon -- because I've been doing this since I was a kid, if I was allowed. My first day job was in a hospital on the 3-11 shift and it was perfect!
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