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Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

Ol’ Robbo overheard somebody yesterday saying that we received a record amount of rainfall for July in the Port Swiller Manor region.  I can well believe it.  The last week of June and first week of July were bone-dry, but it’s been coming down more or less non-stop since then, including last night.  (I was lamenting earlier that we had chosen late June to start a large pachysandra bed out by the road.  It seems the Gardening Gods heard my lament and took pity.)

Anyhoo, we’re supposed to get a break for the next few days.  Fortunately, while I have this coming week off, I am “stay-cationing” this year, so I can wait a day or two to let the grass dry out before I mow it.  Nothing more tedious than having to stop every ten or fifteen minutes in order to scrape soggy clippings out of the blade well.

Oh, and for those of you following the saga of Robbo’s non-flowering forsythia, I’ve finally come to the conclusion that maybe the real problem is that the things are just too damn old.  They were already a well-established hedge when we moved into Port Swiller Manor eighteen years ago, and God alone knows how much earlier they were first planted.  I’m beginning to think that, yeah, maybe it’s time simply to dig ’em up and bring in a new set.


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