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February 2017

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Today was unusually warm for November -- an unseasonably mild 63 -- so I took advantage of it to putter around outside.

I took down some of my garden decorations and will be storing them away until next spring. I also planted a Royal Heritage strain Helleborus orientalis that I had bought in the spring but never planted. When the summer's heat and dryness came, I thought it had died in its pot, but saw that it was in fact still alive after the cooler temperatures and abundant rain of this fall revived it. It's a very pretty white with burgundy spots in the center of each petal and I'm hoping it will thrive where I planted it -- it's immediately to the north of the Bosc pear tree and just south of where the driveway concrete starts, right by the entrance to the Garden of the Gods and the slate patio I created there. With luck it will not only thrive but also spread into a colony there, all alike. That would be quite a sight, since this particular plant's flowers were quite white, not the usual shade of pale green that many so-called white Hellebores are.

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