Sorry about the brief hiatus in posting; travel and computer problems combined. New equipment and installations and all that "it's so easy and 11 year old can do it", but you don't have an 11 year old problems. However TPP seems to have emerged triumphant having done battle with the wireless network, printer, and CD drive. Now just have to get backed up files back. But first back to business as usual. It's mid-October, the nights are getting cool, and it's about the time we can expect our first frost. The last and latest plant to flower, wolfbane (monk's hood), is just beginning to flower. Some bok choi and bibb lettuce remains in the garden. And look at this! After a sparse early summer flowering, these stoopid hydrangeas sat there and looked green until mid-September and then they decide to burst (slowly) into flower. It's quite a display, on 3 shrubs nearly 5 feet tall. The picture was taken yesterday, and if frosts hold off, this display could last several more weeks. It might be worth covering the shrubs is only a light frost is predicted. Not sure why the flowering stimulus was off kilter this year, but a stoopid yellow azalea is flowering also, so it will be a no-show next spring. Wonder if it will ever get back on schedule?